The Lower Suktel dam project on the river Suktel was first proposed in 1995. As per official estimates it would affect 29 villages and 4,164 families (about 35,000 people). Many of these people united under the banner of the ‘Lower Suktel Budi Anachal Sangram Parishad’ to resist the project. In April 2013, protestors were brutally attacked by the state police and 68 men and women were arrested including the leader of the agitation, Dhanu Sahu. Media persons covering this incident were not spared either, as the police smashed their video cameras. Even now, most villagers have been booked in false cases. But they remain determined and refuse to give up hope.