Dehradun, June 21 (IANS) Noted environmentalist G.D. Agarwal and fellow activists, on a hunger strike since June 13 to protest construction of dams on the river Ganga, had to wind up their agitation Saturday evening after a crowd of 400 people shouted slogans against them. “The demonstrators were virtually gheraoed (cricled) by the crowd who claimed themselves to be locals and said stoppage of the dams would harm their interests and of the people of the hill state,” Vyomesh Chitranvansh, a spokesperson for the fasting activists, told IANS on phone.
The crowd reportedly consisted of former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari’s supporters.
The demonstrators would leave for Delhi Sunday morning. “But the agitation would continue and Agarwal says he will continue his fast in the national capital though his health had deteriorated,” he said. [more]