Dist admn turns a blind eye to protesting adivasis in Virajpet taluk

Dist admn turns a blind eye to protesting adivasis in Virajpet taluk

Submitted by Rashmi on Mon, 2016-12-19 15:57 Photo:Chetan/FbMadikeri: Adivasis' protest against the forest department that has reduced them homeless in Biddalli and Tattalli villages in Virajpet taluk has entered 13th day on Monday. Yet, no official from the district administration or the forest department has met them to address their problems.On December 7 at 4.30 am, their hutments were razed to the ground without giving any prior notice. Today, at least 3,000 adivasis are protesting for their rights in the same place from where they were evacuated.Speaking to bfirst.in, Kumar, a member of Karnataka Janashakti organisation which is supporting the rights of Adivasis said these adivasis were working as labourers at various plantations. Unable to deal with the torture by the plantation owners and managers, they came here to eke out a living by doing menial jobs. "But the district administration has now reduced them homeless. There are many women including pregnant and aged women who are staying out in the open bearing cold nights," he complained. He said there are around 578 families of Jenukuruba, Bettakuruba, Sholia, Yerava and Paniya tribes who have been living here since June 2016. He claimed that they settled here in June, the forest department did not oppose but now, they have brought them to the streets.  Sandalwood actor Chethan of Aa dinagalu fame too had supported their cause by joining their protest.On Monday, writer KS Bhagwan also joined the adivasis' protest.  MP Pratap Simha is expected to visit on Tuesday, it is said.​