The Madhya Pradesh High Court has forbidden the state government – state forest, police or other associate departments – from distabilising the Korku Tribals in Betul district, said reports.
The HC announced the decision while hearing a petition filed by Shramik Andolan Sangthan of Kabra tribals who have been possessing 18 acres of village land for many years and were involved in agriculture as per the Van Adhikar Adhiniyam.
Hearing the plea challenging the torture, harassment, and displacement of the tribals, a division bench comprising Justices Deepak Mishra and Ram Kishore Gupta directed all the respondents to file their reply within two weeks time.
Also, the court instructed the state government to ensure that the reply was submitted before the next date of hearing on November 10.
Petitioner’s counsel Raghvendra Kumar submitted that last year District and Forest officials along with the police officials raided the 18 acres of agriculture land, in possession of 35 Korku families. The tribals were displaced and threatened repeatedly, he said.
The counsel contended that the State Van Adhikar Adhiniyam empowered the Korku tribals to remain in possession of the land till a high-level state committee inspected and decided the case as per the law.
The Court accepted the prayer and restrained the State Government from destabilising these 35 tribal families.
(With inputs from internet)