Akshay Gupta, from Singrauli, talks about a protest done by members of MSS & Greenpeace on 22nd January 2014 against Essar HQ in Mumbai. They put up a huge 72-feet banner which read ‘We Kill Forests. Essar.’ It also had images of Veerappa Moily & PM, Manmohan Singh. There was also a similar protest in London. This was an appeal to stop the mining of coal in Mahan forest. Lots of people’s livelihood depends on this forest. It’s against the law to continue with mining without adhering to the Forests Rights Act.
Krupa Nath, one of the members of MSS said, “It is a historic day for all of us here. Essar is encroaching upon our homes in Mahan forest and its corporate bigwigs want to rob us of our livelihood in order to make quick money for themselves. We have travelled 2,000 kilometres to their head office in Mumbai to send them a strong message that our voices cannot be silenced.”
He talks about the protest being successful. The company was forced to listen to their demands.