The Chandrapur police has forcibly ended the fast-unto-death by the president of a non-profit Eco-Pro, Bandu Dhotre, who has launched a campaign against a proposed coal mine in Lohara forests on the outskirts of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).
However, the other two members of the NGO, Visnhu Mokal and Atul Ingole, continued the agitation.
The movement against the proposed coal mine has gained unprecedented support from the citizens of Chandrapur. As many as 50 social organisations, including the Chandrapur branch of the Indian Medical Association, and various schools have supported the movement.
Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh, also known as the waterman of India, on Wednesday expressed solidarity with the agitation launched by Dhotre.
Dhotre says as many as 13.50 lakh trees will chopped, and tiger habitat in TATR will be destroyed. “They are coming here not only to take away the coal, but it will also rob the people of Chandrapur of their health and water. The water level in the surrounding area will deplete considerably,” he warned.