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Nation Current Affairs 22 Jul 2019 'Uproot saplings pla ...

'Uproot saplings planted by forest officials, beat them if needed': BJP MP to tribals

ANI
Published Jul 22, 2019, 11:42 am IST
Updated Jul 22, 2019, 11:42 am IST
BJP MP Soyam Rao spoke at an event to mark the death anniversary of tribal leader and Tudum Debba founder Siddam Shambu.
'If Forest Department officials come to take over your Podu (form of shifting cultivation) lands and plant sapling, stop them. If needed beat them up and uproot the saplings which are planted by them, I will see what will happen,' said BJP MP Soyam Rao. (Photo: ANI)
 'If Forest Department officials come to take over your Podu (form of shifting cultivation) lands and plant sapling, stop them. If needed beat them up and uproot the saplings which are planted by them, I will see what will happen,' said BJP MP Soyam Rao. (Photo: ANI)

Adilabad: BJP MP from Adilabad, Soyam Bapu Rao has asked tribals to stop forest officials from planting saplings on their lands, uproot the plants and if needed beat the forest officials.

"If Forest Department officials come to take over your Podu (form of shifting cultivation) lands and plant sapling, stop them. If needed beat them up and uproot the saplings which are planted by them, I will see what will happen," said Rao.

 

"We were always fighting for our rights and there are also many cases pending on us. We should fight against the government for our tribal rights. Tribals, you don't need to worry because I will fight for your rights," he added.

Rao attended an event to mark the death anniversary of tribal leader and Tudum Debba founder Siddam Shambu at Utnoor Mandal on Saturday.

His statement comes amid the afforestation drive being carried out by forest department personnel in the state.

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Location: India, Telangana, Adilabad




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