Rally for the Valley organized by Narmada Bachao Andolan illegally detained and stopped at Gujarat Border, Kavta checkpost, Kavta Village in Chhota Udaipur District

Gujarat Police failed to produce any written order, NAPM urges citizens to call the police officials and other authorities to release them and stop attacking the constitutional rights of citizens of this country


Gujarat | June 07, 2017: Today morning on the 3rd day of Rally For The Valley, Medha Patkar, Prafulla Samantara, Soumya Datta, Dr. Sunilam, Jasbir Singh (All India Kisan Sabha, MP), Nita Mahadev (a noted Gandhian, Gujarat) and hundreds of supporters were detained at Kavta check post, kavta village of Chhota Udaipur district. The rally was going to visit the Jeevanshala (a school run by Narmada Navnirmaan Abhiyan) of Chimalkhedi, Maharashtra when police officials stopped them from crossing the Gujarat border. The police officials failed to produce any written order. Even the vehicles with Gujarat number plate and local buses were stopped from crossing the border.

We condemn the attack of Gujarat Govt. and intent of police officials who have been rampant on suppressing the people’s voices and their constitutional rights and urge citizens of this country to call the police officials and Home ministry of state to answer their motive behind the undemocratic detention and attack on the constitutional rights of people and immediately release all the people and allow them to continue the rally to reach out the students of Jeevanshaalas and people of Narmada Valley.

Gujarat Police and administration have prima-facie violated Article 19 (1)(b) of the Indian Constitution. It has been held that the right to hold a meeting or a demonstration involves the Constitutional right of every citizen-of assembly under Article 19(l)(b), of expression under Article 19 (l)(a), and of free movement throughout the territory of India under Article 19 (l)(d).

Contact details of police officials and home ministry are mentioned below, 

Chhota Udaipur, Gujarat:

Collector – Shri Vijay Kumar L. Kharadi – (M) 9978405937, 02669-232010, (Office) 02669 – 233003, (Fax) 02669 – 233002

SSP / SP – 02669-233077, 02669-233101

Home Minister of the Gujarat state – Shri Pradeepsinh Bhagwatsinh Jadeja – Email: [email protected]– PS to Minister – (O) 079-23250268, 079 – 23250220 – PA to Minister – (O) 079-23250269, 079-23252483