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

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A Tale of Continued Oppression

The recent violence and destruction inflicted on tribal villages in certain districts of MP is another instance of continued state-supported repression on groups who are seeking greater autonomy and challenging tyranny and corruption.

From newspaper reports, email messages and through friends it was learnt that the police and civil administration of Dewas, a district in the central part of the state of Madhya Pradesh, had fired on tribals in the village of Mehndi Kheda and had shot and killed four persons The police and administration had unleashed a reign of terror and thousands of adivasis had fled their villages and were hiding in the forests while the police administration ransacked their villages, destroyed houses and arrested some of them. Rahul Bannerjee, an activist working in the area was also arrested. A factfinding and support team went from Rajasthan to look into the matter. The following is the report of the team.

The investigation team comprised four persons, Srilata Swaminathan, general secretary, Rajasthan Kisan Sangathan; Mahendra Chaudhary, Rajasthan state secretary, CPIML; Khemraj Chowdhary and Narendra Gupta, senior members of the voluntary organisation PRAYAS in Chittorgarh district.

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