Allahabad, Sept 26: Famous social worker and well known activist Medha Patkar was detained by Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday for supporting the farmers’ protest in Allahabad. Along with Patkar, 10 more protesters were also detained, according to sources. (Also Read: Sardar Sarovar dam scam bigger than Vyapam: Medha Patkar) Also Read - Violence at Noida Mor as Delhi Police, Farmers Enter Scuffle Over Tractor Parade | LIVE
The founder of Narmada Bachao Andolan campaign was reportedly taken into custody when she reached Karchhana tehsil of the district to participate in a farmers’ protest in Kachari village of Allahabad district. As more informations are yet to be received, the farmers’ protesting at the site have shown their anger against the police administration. Also Read - After Tractor Rally on Republic Day, Protesting Farmers to March Towards Parliament on Budget Day
This is not the first time the Tata Institute of Social Science alma mater has been detained during the protest. Previously, Patkar had been stopped by the police during Tata Nano Singur protest in West Bengal, where Tata was supposed to set up his automobile plant. Also, she had been detained in multiple protests like Kovvada Nuclear project, Hiranandani land scam, Jan Lokpal Andolan, among others. (Also Read: Explain land acquisition in Andhra Pradesh, ministers asks Congress) Also Read - Sharad Pawar Warns Centre To Take Back Farm Laws As Massive Crowd Turns Up in Mumbai's Farmers Rally
Patkar had also received awards for her work in the social sector. She was awarded Human Rights Defender’s Award from Amnesty International by Germany in 1999 and Mother Teresa Award for social justice in 2014.