A Satyagraha fast was started on 7 February 2017 at Benibad in Gayaghat village of Muzaffarpur with the following demands: constituting a high level committee for review of the Baghmati dam project on the basis of present geographical conditions; guarantee of housing for the displaced; withdrawal of the ridiculous and false cases slapped on protestors and ending the conspiracy of repression to stop the agitation. Sitting on the fast are 4 women—district councilor Vijnesh Yadav, Sarpanch Kanchan Kumari, social activist Neelu Singh, and Deputy Sarpanch Radha Devi—and social activists including Ramlochan Singh, Dinesh Sahni and ex-Sarpanch Jagannath Paswan. The satyagraha and agitation are being led by CPI (ML) leader and convener of ‘Chas-Bas Jeevan Bachao Baghmati Sangharsh Morcha’ Com. Jitendra Yadav.
The protest was addressed by PB member Dhirendra Jha and other leaders and activists. Prior to the Satyagraha from 3 to 6 February an Adhikar Yatra was taken out through the affected villages and panchayats in which hundreds of people participated.