news Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 05:30
After standing in waist-deep water for 32 days, farmers of Ghogalgaon village in Madhya Pradesh called off their Jal Satyagrahah on Tuesday. The farmers of Ghogalgaon in Khandwa district were protesting against the state government, demanding that they be given cultivable land, which was sumbermged by the construction of the Omkareshwar Dam on the Narmada River. Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state convener Alok Agrawal told PTI, “We have called off our agitation for two months to give time to the Madhya Pradesh government to rehabilitate Omkareshwar Dam oustees. Yesterday, a top MP state government official asked us to call off our agitation and sought time to provide succour to the oustees, who were standing in the water.” On Sunday the state government asked the protesting farmers to accept the land that was being allotted to them and end the protest, which has been going on since April 11. The farmers were protesting the state government’s decision to raise the water level of the dam from 189 metres to 191 metres. Read: What two metres can do to a village; the story of a Jal Satyagraha Until Tuesday evening, neither the government nor the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) was willing to give in. According to Hindustan Times report, more than two dozen ambulances reached Ghogalgaon village in Khandwa to take the farmers to the district hospital, immediately after they suspended their agitation. The farmers have developed skin disorders like fungal infection, skin infection and cellulitis. Twitter users also uploaded images of the feet of one of the protestors who has developed a skin condition. 213 protesters standing in water for 32 days now. Why? - #JalSatyagraha via @thebetterindia — @videovolunteers (@videovolunteers) May 12, 2015   After 32 days of protesting in water – #JalSatyagraha is peeling off soles, not determination     — The Better India (@thebetterindia) May 12, 2015 Hindustan Times also reported that the "Jal Satyagrahis" could develop further medical complications such as thromboembolism (which can lead to heart diseases), on account of prolonged skin exposure to water.