India

Tribals in Orissa protests against Operation Green hunt

Hundreds of tribals on Friday staged protests against the operation Green hunt started by the state government and centre government.  The protesters marched towards the district headquarters, holding posters and banners, and demanded halt of  green hunt operation. 

The protesters, led by Kanda Reddy Unnayan Sangha (KRUS), presented a memorandum to the district authorities that the tribals will be the worst affected in the anti-Maoist operation. Tribals will be caught in the fight. They will not be able to go into forests to collect forest produce. They also demanded supply of drinking water, health care and other basic facilities in tribal villages.

In view of the security of the innocent tribals, the green hunt operation should be halted. About more than seven thousand tribals were joined.The Collector R Vinil Krishna has committed to look to the matter to the  tribal delegation. (Orissdiary, 2nd April)