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MP villagers stand in neck-deep water to protest against dam

Over 130 villagers in Madhya Pradesh have been protesting in neck-deep water for the past week to seek compensation from the government over the construction of a dam.

Thirty four residents of Gogalgaon village in Khandwa district have been standing submerged in water for the past 4 days.

The villagers are demanding compensation for their land which was submerged after the height of the Omkareshwar dam was raised. The Supreme Court had earlier said the villagers should be compensated adequately and rehabilitated, which the protestors claim has not been done.

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"We are sitting here with a resolve, we will stay here until we drown," said one of the protestors.

The Narmada Bachao Andolan has also allied with the protest and is demanding land for the villagers, but the government says they have already been adequately compensated.

There were similar protests in Khardna in Harda district where 90 villagers affected by the Indira Sagar project are seeking compensation for losing their lands.

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