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Human Rights Day: IRAC demands release of tribal undertrial prisoners in India

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day (10 December 2022) tribal rights organization, Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) has demanded a review of “all the cases” lodged against tribals and the withdrawal of false/frivolous cases across India. IRAC suggested the constitution of a commission/committee headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge …

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Arrest and torture of tribal youth in a fabricated case in Kerala

On September 29, 2022, a tribal youth identified as Sarin Saji (24 years) was arrested in an alleged fabricated case and tortured while in custody by the forest officials in Idukki district of Kerala. According to reports, the forest department arrested Sarin Saji on September 29 alleging he tried to sell deer meat. Forest department …

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Custodial death of a tribal due to alleged torture by forest officials in Karnataka

On October 12, 2022, a tribal man identified as Kariyappa alias Kariya (49) reportedly died due to alleged torture by the forest officials in their illegal custody in H D Kote taluk in Mysuru district of Karnataka. The deceased (Kariyappa) was a resident of Hosahalli hamlet under N Beguru Gram Panchayat limits in H D …

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Arbitrary arrest, custodial torture and false prosecution of 4 tribal villagers in Madhya Pradesh

On September 10, 2022, four tribal villagers were arbitrarily arrested, tortured, and falsely prosecuted for cultivating land in the vicinity of Bagdara sanctuary in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh. The victims identified as Nandkishore, Shivram, Gulab Singh, and Mulayam Kol, who are tribals & residents of Khamhardih village, in their police complaint alleged that they …

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Torture of tribal youth by the forest staff in the Melaghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati district of Maharashtra

On August 25, 2022 a 25 year old tribal youth identified as Ankush Gorelal Mavaskar, a resident of Dhulghat Railway, was tortured by forest staff when he had gone for fishing in a dam in Wan forest area under Akot wildlife division of Melghat Tiger Reserve. Ankush alleged that some 7-8 forest employees beat him …

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NHRC seeks action taken report from Odisha regarding destruction of crops and burning down of tribal huts

Acting on a complaint received from Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Nabarangpur district in Odisha to submit action taken report (ATR) regarding the destruction of crops and burning down of tribal huts by members of Vana Surakshya Samiti …

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IRAC seeks action against killing of a tribal man by forest officials in Madhya Pradesh

The Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) has strongly condemned the reported killing of a tribal man identified as Chain Singh (33 years), belonging to Bhil tribe and injury to three other tribals in firing by forest officials near Khatyapura village under Lateri police station in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh on the night of 9 …

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