CHHATTISGARH: ADIVASIS RESIST EVICTIONS FOR BARNAWAPARA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

14 March 2018
ON 15 January 2018, Forest Department officials physically assaulted members of tribal families, women and children, molested the women, and destroyed the devsthal (sacred site) in Rampur village inside Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh to forcefully evict them. The police has been complicit with the Forest Department in preventing an FIR against the forest officials for atrocities and forceful evictions. One of the villagers, Rajkumar, was assaulted and arrested under a counter-FIR at the behest of one of the accused forest rangers and remains in custody until today. Community members are continuing an andolan from january demanding the release of Rajkumar, and due action against forest and police officials for the atrocities. Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan and Dalit Adivasi Manch are submitting a petitions in support. Adivasi Bharat Mahasabha has extended support to the struggle.
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