Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Tension in Utnoor as Lambadas protest Adivasi resolution

Adilabad: Tension prevailed when Adivasis and Lambadas staged dharnas in front of office of Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) in Utnoor on Wednesday. However, cops managed to pacify the two groups and took steps to avoid clashes between the two communities.

Members of Lambada also known as Banjara protested the resolution passed by Adivasis in Marlavai village of Jainoor mandal in Kumram Bheem on Tuesday, refraining teachers of the former tribes from attending duties in schools of tribals hamlets. They demanded authorities to look into the issue and condemned the decision of tribals.

Upon learning this, a sizeable number of aboriginal tribals arrived to the venue of the protest, carrying large sticks. They started raising slogans against Lambadas, alleging their constitutions rights were snatched by Banjaras. As a result, the situation was turned into serious. Locals were tensed following back-to back protests.

But, a large contingent of force was deployed at the office of ITDA. Superintendent of Police M Sreenivas rushed to the spot and held consultations with members of the two groups. He assured them that they would be allowed to meet authorities of the agency through two different ways. He suggested them to follow peaceful methods while staging dharnas.  

Later, the members and leaders of Lambada community gave representation to the authorities urging to allow the teachers to discharge duties in habitations of Adivasi and to take steps for their safety. Gonds too sought agitating Lambadas Adivasis submitted a memorandum to officials of ITDA, requesting deletion of Lamabadas from list of STs.

On Monday, mild tension prevailed when thousands of aboriginal tribals belonging to erstwhile Adilabad attempted to enter premises of office of ITDA, demanding removal of Lambadas from STs. The tribals took out a massive walkathon, titled Maha Padayatra, from Indervelli martyrs memorial of Indervelli mandal centre to headquarters of ITDA.  

The ongoing rivalry between Adivasis and Lambadas in these districts can be attributed to burning of a statue of a Lambada woman by Adivasis at Jodeghat tribal museum the October 6 last. Cases were booked against certain leaders and members of this ethnic tribe for allegedly indulging in the act

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