ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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GUJARAT-Repression of Scheduled Castes and Tribes in Broach

February 16, 1985 GUJARAT Repression of Scheduled Castes and Tribes in Broach Mathew Kalathil THIRTY-ONE huts in Amboli, only three kilometres away from the industrial town of Ankleshwar in Broach district of Gujarat, were consigned to flames by marauders in broad daylight on January 13. An invading private army of about 300-400 persons armed with petrol, diese!, kerosene, unlicensed guns and other lethal weapons descended on the tribal village by trucks, tempos and other conveyances at about noon-time. There was no resistance whatsoever from the tribals as most of the menfolk had gone to earn their daily wages (they have nothing to eat on days they don't go to work). There were only women, children, old people and a few male adults in their huts at the time of the attack and they fled for their lives when they saw the army approaching and setting fire to the huts on their way. By taking to flight they could save only their skins* Most of their earthly possessions went up in flames and turned to ashes before their very eyes. Their movable valuable possessions were carried away or destroyed by the private army.

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