Amala & activists stopped by cops?
Amala & activists stopped by cops
By Ambili S | Galatta | October 08, 2012 23:56 PM IST
Nagarjuna’s wife-actress Akkineni Amala was arrested along with nine others, including Greenpeace activists, by the Charminar police in Hyderabad on Monday for staging a protest near historic Charminar, demanding halting of new coal mining projects in forest areas. They were later released on personal bonds.
The activists staged the protest on the day when Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan inaugurated the eleventh meet of the Conference of the Parties (COP-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Amala and the Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner, painted with the message 'Stop Coal Crimes--Save Indian Forests' from the monument seeking suspension of further mining in identified forest areas.
"Coal mining is destroying the huge biodiversity in India besides homes of tribal communities and threatening natural habitat of Indian Tiger and that is why I am protesting today along with those who signed Greenpeace India's petition demanding the government to stop destroying our forests," Amla said.