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Govt, industries dodge law, take over forest land without tribals' consent

Many such cases are spread across Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka

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Forest Land Acquisition

Manira Chaudhary | IndiaSpend 

In early 2017, Mangal Kunjam, a 25-year-old journalist, heard a commotion outside his house in Ghumiyapal village in the southern corner of the heavily forested state of Chhattisgarh.

His neighbours had gathered together and were anxiously discussing a car that had just passed their neighbourhood. “This is a tribal area and people here keep to their water, forest and land,” said Kunjam. “When they saw a car with a group of outsiders, they were curious and worried at the same time.” Kunjam and a few other villagers followed the car headed towards a local hill. ...

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First Published: Sat, January 05 2019. 20:02 IST
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