100 days of ACT protest


Gangtok, Sept. 28: The relay hunger strike by Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT) completed hundred days today.

The ACT members are protesting against the mega-hydel power projects proposed for the Lepcha reserve of Dzongu in North Sikkim.

ACT had launched its hunger strike on June 20 at BL House on Sonam Gyatso Marg here. The organisation’s general secretary Dawa Lepcha and member Tenzing Gyatso had also sat for a continuous fast for 63 days.

Over 200 members of ACT and other supporting organisations have participated in the relay hunger strike in the past 100 days.

Chief coordinator of ACT Tseten Lepcha said during the hunger strike he and his associates had been successful in creating awareness about the ill effects of dams and this is their biggest achievement. He also said ACT had been able to voice the concerns of a section of suppressed people in a democratic and non-violent manner.

Lepcha added that three official meetings between ACT and the state government had been held since the hunger strike began. Around 12 letters were also exchanged.

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