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Archive for November 29th, 2009

Green Hunt:Homeless triblas wanderers in their own country

Posted by Admin on November 29, 2009

Internally displaced persons from Chhattisgarh’s Kistaram Panchayat before their shack of sticks and palmyra leaf in Andhra Pradesh’s Khammam.
Javed Iqbal

As Operation Green Hunt gathers steam in Chhattisgarh state violence is also going up steadily. The result is that more people, mostly tribals, in the state’s Maoist-dominated areas are crossing the border to find sanctuary in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh as Internally Displaced Persons.Each of them fled their homes either after a raid or because they feared for their lives. The stories these people tell of their ordeals are also beginning to provide a picture of the true extent of the destruction.Gachanpalli is a small village some 30 km from the town of Konta in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. According to witnesses, the security forces raided Gachanpalli sometime in late October. They allegedly killed Madvi Admaya, Madkam Sulaya, Madvi Joga, Kovasi Gangaya, Madkam Moiyi. Witnesses say four of the five men were past 60 and too old to escape into the jungle. Madkam Moiyi was apparently crippled and incapable of walking.

They were said to have been bayoneted and shot to death in the middle of the village.Nineteen homes were also burnt down.This was the second attack on Gachanpalli.In 2005, the Salwa Judum burnt down 65 homes in the village.“I have so much land at Gachanpalli, but no one to work on it now.” Kovasi Jogi, 60, lived in Gachanpalli. Now she inhabits an Internally Displaced Persons settlement in Khammam. Her village is almost empty now, peopled by ghosts and memories. Most of the people have scattered. Read the rest of this entry »

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