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Adivasis assaulted, protests break out in Adilabad

Adilabad: Two adivasis sustained injuries when they were reportedly thrashed by five members of the Lambada community at Hirapur village in Utnoor mandal on Sunday night. They were shifted to a government hospital of Utnoor.  The incident triggered protests by aboriginal tribals in Utnoor. However, police said that it was a case of robbery.

Utnoor DSP Ganesh Jadav said that the accused were Sudhakar, Prem, Vinod, Prabhat and Srinivas of Utnoor town. Except Prabhat, who is a Thoti, the rest belong to the Lambada community. The victims were Sadike Sudarshan, a native of Panapatar village in Jainoor mandal of Kumram Bheem Asifabad and Ada Amrut Rao, a resident of Narnoor mandal.

The assailants resorted to attacking Sudarshan on the outskirts of Utnoor, while he was returning to his native place after visiting his sibling’s residence at Alampalli village, Kadam mandal of Nirmal district at around 9 pm. They initially intercepted Surdarshan’s two-wheeler and physically assaulted him and his friend Amrut Rao before taking away Rs 9,000 cash and a mobile phone.

Following a complaint lodged by Sudarshan, a case was registered against the five. Jadav informed that special teams were formed to nab the accused, adding that precautionary measures were being taken to avoid recurrence of similar incidents in the future.

Upon learning about the attack on the tribals, a large number of adivasis rushed to the Utnoor Police Station. They demanded the arrest of the accused at the earliest and rued that though they were staging a peaceful protest, members of the other group were resorting to violent acts. They cautioned that they would intensify the stir if Section-144 of the CRPC is not withdrawn in the Agency areas. Earlier, they staged a rasta roko seeking action against the offenders.  

Bandh in erstwhile Adilabad on Tuesday

Condemning the attack on the adivasis, various tribal outfits called for a bandh in erstwhile Adilabad on Tuesday. They stated that youngsters of tribal communities were being targeted for protesting the deletion of Lambadas from the ST list and warned that they would not tolerate if similar incidents continue to take place.

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