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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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Situation of the Indigenous Peoples in India – Annual Report 2021

There are 104.3 million Scheduled Tribes, also called tribal or Adivasi, who are the indigenous peoples of India, constituting 8.6% of the country’s total population. 90% of them live in rural areas without access to basic facilities and the COVID-19 pandemic has made their situation worst. In the largest democracy which India is, the Scheduled …

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IRAC Impact: NHRC summons Jharkhand Chief Secretary over starvation of tribals

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)  has summoned the Jharkhand Chief Secretary and the District Magistrate of Garhwa district to personally appear before the Commission on 29 June 2022 over non-submission of reports relating to starvation of about 8,000 tribals in Garhwa district. In October 2021, it was reported in the media that some 8,000 …

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Custodial death of Kuravar tribal man in Tamil Nadu

On April 27, 2022, K. Thangamani (47),a tribal belonging to the Kuravar community, died in judicial custody due to alleged police torture in Tiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu. A resident of Thattaranai village under Perunkolathur village panchayat in Thandarampattu block in Tiruvannamalai district, Thangamani was picked up from his house around 9.30 a.m. on April 26, …

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Kidnapping and killing of two tribal villagers by the Maoists in Maharashtra

On 14 April 2022, two tribal villagers namely Dalsu Hichami and Ashok Naroti were kidnapped and killed by the Maoists in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. According to media reports, the victims, who were in their 20s, were kidnapped from their homes on the night of 13 April 2022. While Hichami was murdered at Jharewada, Naroti’s …

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Torture and humiliation of tribal youth by the police in Telangana

On the night of March 23, 2022, Madavi Nagaraju (19 years) who was earlier tortured and humiliated by the police on March 10, 2022  has attempted suicide and died in hospital in Karimnagar in Nirmal district of Telangana. The deceased belonged to Munyalavillage in Dasturabadmandalin Nirmal district, Telangana. IRAC has taken strong note of a …

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Custodial torture of Adivasi farmer by police official in Jharkhand

On the intervening night of 23-24 February 2022, a 42-year-old Adivasi farmer named Anil Kumar Singh was brutally tortured by Ranjit Kumar Yadav, in-charge of Garu police station in Latehar district of Jharkhand. The victim is a resident of Kuku village under Garu police station in Latehar district of Jharkhand. According to the victim, Anil …

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