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ToxicsWatch Alliance Condemns Attack on Prof Bharat Jhunjhunwala

Written By Krishna on Monday, June 25, 2012 | 9:19 AM

In the morning of 22nd June 2012, a mob of about 40 people threatened Prof Bharat Jhunjhunwala and asked him to withdraw his legal representations against the dam.

Daughter of Prof Jhunjhunwala has started a online petition to gather support for his right to agitate in favor of his beliefs. The petition reads: "Some anti social elements attacked Dr Bharat Jhunjhunwala at his residence in Devprayag on 22nd June 2012, and threatened him and his wife. We understand that they were backed by JVK, the company building a 330MW Srinagar hydropower project on Alaknanda river. A police car stationed near Dr Jhunjhunwala's residence left the area at the time of the attack and a Policeman watched on as the attack happened- this indicates complicity of the police and is most shocking. Dr Jhunjhunwala is leading a knowledge-based agitation against dams on the river Ganga to protect the fragile Himalayas. This attack is a violation of the right to freedom of speech and democracy and is a failure of the State of Uttarakhand. We condemn this attack and demand strictest action against those responsible for this act. Please also set up a credible enquiry to ascertain the role of the police."

ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA) supports Prof. Jhunjhunwala and the cause he espouses. The companies building large hydropower dams in Uttarakhand cannot suppress the voice of the people in favor of environment and peoples rights. Government must ensure that this condemnable act of theirs does not go unpunished. Prof. Jhunjhunwala was formerly with Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

The Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Vijay Bahuguna must condemn this act and show that rule of law prevails in the state and ensure that the guilty are punished. The Uttarakhand Chief Minister should speak to Dr Jhunjhunwala and assure him of safety.

डा0 भरत झुनझुनवाला पर हमले की निंदा

डा0 झुनझुनवाला के लक्षमोली गांव {टिहरी गढ़वाल, उत्तराखंड} स्थित घर पर 22 जून,2012 को सुबह लगभग 40 लोगो ने अलकनंदागंगा किनारे उनके आवास पर हमला किया। उन्होने धमकी दी की यदि दो दिन मे डा0 भरत झुनझुनवाला ने बांधों का विरोध बंद नही किया तो उन्हे घर सहित जला दिया जायेगा। डा0 भरत झुनझुनवाला की सुरक्षा की जिम्मेदारी सरकार की है।
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4:59 AM

He indeed has the fighting spirit. But I strongly believe that his vision is a little blurred. Hydroelectric projects will in fact reduce pollution otherwise caused by coal and petroleum products. We all have been suffering incessant power cuts for hours. And when there is a solution to it, why shouldn't we go ahead and implement it? We don't want our electricity bills to keep rising, petrol costs escalating. There are scientific reasons that must be understood and such projects should commence as soon as possible.

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