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Guj MLA heading for 'jal samadhi' detained with Hardik, others

Press Trust of India  |  Rajkot 

A legislator, on his way to take 'jal samadhi' in in district, was today detained along with seven other MLAs of his party, and others at Bhukhi village in the district, police said.

Lalit Vasoya, who represents Dhoraji assembly constituency, was proceeding to take 'jal samadhi' (suicide by drowning) in to protest against the textile dyeing units polluting it with untreated effluents.

Seven other MLAs, including who represents Savarkundla assembly segment, Patidar quota stir spearhead and others had gathered in support of Vasoya at Bhukhi village.

"Apart from Vasoya, seven other Congress MLAs, Hardik and around 12 others were detained. They had gathered in Bhukhi village in support of Vasoya, who was heading for 'jal samadhi'," Jetpur of Police J M Bharwad said.

"They were released after Vasoya and others gave a written assurance that he will not taken 'jal samadhi'," he added.

Earlier this week, the MLA had submitted a memorandum to and O P Kohli threatening to take 'jal samadhi' today in case the government failed to act against untreated effluents from industrial units polluting and the reservoir.

Vasoya had alleged that untreated toxic waste from textile dyeing units in Jetpur town was being released into Bhadar river which in turn was polluting the reservoir.

The Bhadar-2 reservoir supplies drinking water to Dhoraji. Neither the nor the officials of Board have taken cognisance of this issue despite repeated reminders, he had claimed.

Following their detention, Vasoya and Hardik alleged that they were offered money by certain people not to take the protest.

"The government belongs to the industrialists. Industrialists are polluting the river by releasing into it. Before coming here, I was made an offer of Rs 50 lakh by the middlemen of certain people. Two days ago, Lalitbhai (Vasoya) was offered Rs 1 crore," Hardik told reporters.

Making similar allegations, Vasoya said there was a threat to his life if he continued the fight the issue.

"I am being offered money not to take up the protest. I told them your money cannot be bigger than people's lives. My life could be in danger if I continue the fight," the said.

He said he would continue the protest against the pollution of the river and the dam. "If needed, I will even take 'jal samadhi'," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 18:05 IST