//Auhorities warned of grave consequence if tribals evicted

Auhorities warned of grave consequence if tribals evicted

Auhorities warned of grave consequence if tribals evicted

10 May 2006 # PTI
Kannur, May 9: Rashtriya Mahasabhaa, a political outfit of tribals, today warned of "severe bloodshed" if the authorities tried to evict adivasis from Aralam farm land.

"There could be bloodshed, more severe than what was seen in Muthanga in Wayanad (where two persons were killed and scores injured few years ago), if the district administration tried to evict adivasis in the name of encroachment," its General Secretary M Geethanandan told reporters here.

Rashtriya Mahasabha is the political arm of Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha, the apex body of tribals which had spearheaded the agitation in Muthanga.

A meeting convened by the Revenue Divisional Officer had yesterday appealed to various tribal outfits to vacate by May 12 following a complaint that some tribal families had encroached farm blocks nine, 12 and 13 of the fertile land.

Geetanandan said the Mahasabha was convening a meeting at the farm land tomorrow to chalk out future course of action in the wake of the threat of eviction issued by the authorities.

He accused the CPI-M of "colluding with a few district officials to scuttle the rehabilitation efforts".

The district administration had identified 840 tribals for the first phase rehabilitation in the about 3,500 acres of land and was in the process of distributing title deeds to the entitled families.

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