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India: Use of violence against tribal communities draws protest
Last week violence erupted between tribal communities in Madhya Pradesh, India, and the police who accused them of encroaching on the forest. Police forces used tear gas and gunshots in the air against the alleged encroachers, including women and children. Policemen were hurt by stones thrown by the community members.
NGOs are now protesting the use of violence by the police. RRI Partner Forest Peoples Programme wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express their disagreement with the methods employed against forest dwellers. The government is standing firm on its position saying that fresh encroachments will not be tolerated. Local authorities were asked to fence the area.
More on this available at hindu.com.
Posted By Anne-Sophie Samjee at 11:28am on April 25, 2007
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