Land, Forests & Police

South Bastaar Situation: The main reason why Maoist have been active in this area is because of Land Forests and Police. Forest Department harass people booking cases for minor things like collecting fire wood, collecting minor forest produce etc. There is this sense of injustice because large scale violations by the timber mafia and violations by industry go unchecked. For instance Essar has cut a huge swat of land around its pipeline which has not been sanctioned. Land is being forcibly acquired.

Apart from Salwa Judem the other issues are land acquisition for Tata and Essar Steel plant. What happens on the ground is completely like the wild west activity and it is not about lawful land acquisition. When people protest they are beaten up, jailed. Fraudulent compensation.

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