Tribal body gets more members

KORAPUT, 11 JUNE: The Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh which has been leading a tribal movement and allegedly driving out non-tribal landlords from villages, received a major boost today with tribals from 12 villages joining the organisation at Kumbhari village in Narayanpatna block.

Nachika Linga, president of the Sangh's Narayanpatna unit, addressed an impressive gathering of tribals and reaffirmed his commitment to ensure that tribals get back their land rights.
"People working against the cause of tribals were fleeing from the region and in future the land will belong to tribals only," he said.
This was the first major public meeting organised by the Sangh for the last six months and thousands of tribals from across the district attended.
While the district administration was struggling to find solutions for the people of villages like Podapadar - who have been taking shelter under the trees near the district collector's office at Koraput for almost a month now after fleeing Narayanpatna - the Sangh’s meeting today has become a matter of grave concern.
The meeting follows a history of non-tribals being attacked and their houses destroyed in many villages of Narayanpatna block. They have all fled to safer places and sought intervention of the administration.
The administration, in turn, had initiated peace talks with Sangh activists assuring them of the expeditious disposal of land related issues. But today's meeting has, in a sense, put the clock back, with the Sangh returning to its original belligerent stance. ;