• Petitioned Dr. Manmohan Singh

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister of India
Dr. Manmohan Singh
Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh
Shri P.J. Oomen
Superintendent of Police, Raigarh
Rahul Sharma
Chairman, National Human Rights Commission
Justice K.G. Balakrishnan
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
Dr. Raman Singh
Minister of Environment and Forests
Jairam Ramesh


    1. Samantha  Agarwal
    2. Petition by

      Samantha Agarwal

      Delhi, India

Dear friends,

Two exceptional human rights and environmental activists, Ramesh Agrawal and Harihar Patel, have been arrested for speaking out against Jindal Steel and Power's major expansion of Tamnar thermal power plant. Agrawal and Patel have been crucial in raising awareness of the mining industry and its irregular practices, in order to protect the interests of the Raigarh District of Chhattisgarh. 

Both were detained on May 28th 2011 for speaking out at a June 2010 public hearing against Jindal Steel and Power’s 2,400 MW expansion of a 1,000 MW Tamnar-based thermal power plant.  The plant has a long running list of legal and environmental violations—some ranking as serious as failure to get environmental and forest clearance from the government. A public hearing, mandated by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, has been ignored and  treated as farce, and the local people have not been consulted on a decision that will impact their livelihoods.

In 2008 Dr. Patel was beaten unconscious by the police at one of such hearings, after JSP goons had dispensed alcohol to company workers and instructed them to start a riot.  Now, according to Amnesty International, Ramesh Agrawal, needed urgent medical attention but was instead handcuffed to a hospital bed in a government hospital. This amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

Ramesh Agrawal and Harihar Patel will have their cases heard in the High Court the week of June 20th. We have one week to show the high court that they must be freed, and their work is in the interests of the people of Raigharh, the people of India and the world.

Please sign this petition and help us reach 1000 signatures for their immediate release.
Thanks for your support, Samantha Agrawal and Pranav Jani PS. Forward this to your friends, the more people that sign on, the greater our impact.
More information regarding Ramesh Agrawal and Harihar Patel’s arrest:

Recent signatures


    1. Bail rejected! Sad day for Indian human rights.

      Samantha  Agarwal
      Petition Organizer

      The appeal for bail on behalf of our Raigarh friends, Ramesh Agrawal and Harihar Patel, has been rejected in the Bilaspur High Court on technical grounds but, apparently, not on merits. Its time to step up the scope of this campaign!!

    2. The Struggle for Justice Isn't Over!

      Samantha  Agarwal
      Petition Organizer

      Harihar and Ramesh's case will be heard tomorrow in the High Court. Lets all turn our eyes to the Indian justice system with a big message that we will NOT tolerate 2 more instances of human rights being sacrificed to the mining mafia on an altar!

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Divyam Shah SURAT, INDIA
      • over 3 years ago

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      • over 3 years ago

      That in a democracy the freedom of expression is increasingly sought to be stifled through state force is deplorable. I join you in demanding the release of Agrawal and Patel

      T R Bhat, Mangalore

    • Bharath Bhushan HYDERABAD, INDIA
      • over 3 years ago

      In support of the demand for immediate release of Ramesh Agarwal and Harihar Patel.

    • Samantha Agarwal DELHI, INDIA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please take time to watch this eight minute video on the arrested Harihar Patel and the positive community work he is implementing in his village.

    • harish chandra SECUNDERABAD, AP
      • over 3 years ago

      sir we beg you to free them


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