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Forced eviction of 45 Bodo tribal families by the forest department in Guwahati city of Assam

On January 31, 2022, 45 Bodo tribal families comprising of around 300 persons were forcibly evicted y the forest department from Nalpara area in Gorchuk in Guwahati city of Assam. The forest staff under the leadership of forest beat officer of Fatasil reportedly vandalized their houses damaging properties and evicted them without prior notice on …

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Assault and setting on fire of a tribal woman on suspicion of ‘witchcraft’ in Jharkhand

On January 12, 2022, a tribal woman identified as Jhario Devi (60 years)  was assaulted and set on fire on suspicion of practising ‘witchcraft’ at Kudpaani Deepatoli village in Simdega district of Jharkhand. On January 12, Jhario Devi along with her husband Karmu Badaik had gone to attend a sraddha (ritual held after death) ceremony …

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Death of tribal woman due to alleged medical negligence in Telangana

On December 5, 2021, a tribal woman identified as MesramGangubai (23 years) allegedly died due to alleged medical negligence of doctors at the Rajiv Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) at Adilabad in Telangana. A native of Suryaguda village in Gudihathnoormandal in Adilabad district, pregnant Gangubai was admitted to the RIMS when she developed labour pains …

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Harassment of tribal man by the police on false accusation of being a Maoist in Jharkhand

A tribal man identified as Birsa Majhi S/o Rameshwar Majhi was harassed by the police on false accusation of being a Maoist in Bokaro district of Jharkhand. The victim is a resident of Lalgarh village under the Gomia police station in Bokaro district of Jharkhand and a poor labourer.  The Jharkhand Police have wrongly framed …

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Lynching of a tribal man by a mob at Besrabazar village of Jharkhand

On January 4, 2022, a tribal man identified as Sanju Pradhan (30 years) was lynched by a mob for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by cutting a tree at Besrabazar village under Kolebira Police Station in Simdega district of Jharkhand. According to the police, the victim was lynched and set on fire by a mob on …

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Tribals injured in firing by Mizoram police

On December 31, 2021, two tribals namely Rathindra Reang (14 years) and his father Ramuhai Reang (40 years) were injured in firing by Mizoram Police when they went in search of work in Mamit district of Mizoram. Both the victims are residents of Kanchanpur subdivision in Tripura state, bordering Mizoram. As per reports by ANI, …

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Torture of Koraga tribal community members by police in Karnataka

On the night of December 27, 2021, one Rajesh and other members of Koraga tribal community were tortured by a police team led by Sub Inspector Santosh at Kotatattu village under Kota Police Station in Udupi district of Karnataka. Various media reports stated that after receiving complaints about loud music being played at a Mehendi …

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Non-functioning of Anganwadi Centres at other tribal hamlets in Palakkad district of Kerala

The Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC)  has moved the NHRC against non-functioning of Anganwadi Centres at Aralikkonam and other tribal hamlets in Attappady in Palakkad district of Kerala which has resulted in denial of nutrition to the young children, pregnant women and lactating mothers who are mostly tribals in this area. The Anganwadi Centre at …

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Denial of right to education to over 16,000 children by decision to shut down 3,073 schools by Maharashtra govt

The Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC)  has taken strong note of a report in Mid-day titled “Amid fresh concerns, Maharashtra gets set to shut 3,073 Schools”, dated 13th December 2021, available at https://www.mid-day.com/mumbai/mumbai-news/article/amid-fresh-concernsmaharashtra-gets-set-to-shut-3-073-schools-23204830, and has moved the NHRC over the issue. The state government has decided to shut down more than 3,073 schools with fewer …

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IRAC demands judicial inquiry into killings of 13 tribals in Nagaland in alleged ambush by armed forces

On the evening of 4 December 2021, 13 civilians belonging to the Konyak tribe in were killed an alleged ambush by the Assam Rifles at Oting village in Mon district of eastern Nagaland. As per reports, the army undertook a security operation based on intelligence inputs and allegedly fired upon a truck carrying tribal labourers …

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