Prime Time Zone, Achanpeta: The incident in which 18 Lambada tribesmen belonging to the Achanpeta Mandal Palugu gang were attacked while sleeping in the forest by forest officials on the 27th of this month in the Amrabad zone of Nallamala forest area of Nagar Kurnool district caused a stir across the state.
What happened in the forest that night
About 20 Lambada tribesmen from the Achanpeta Mandal Palugu tribe went to the forest to collect flowers found in the forest. The fire protection team of the forest department was patrolling the forest when the Lambada tribesmen reached their place of sleep at the guards’ board falls. On this occasion, the forest officials told the tribesmen who would not roam in the reserve forest area without permission, what would be the situation if they were attacked by wild beasts, where did they come from, how many came and why. The fact that the Lambada tribesmen have now come for the collection of flowers in this context is alarming.
The forest officials tried to move them from the forest to the Mannanur base camp by threatening them not to stay in the forest. Forest officials said some of the panicked Lambada tribesmen fled in order to escape from them.
In the wake of this it appears that some were injured while fleeing in the dark. Taking this as an excuse, the tribal forest officials attacked us with sticks and axes and accused the victims of nuts. However, it is alleged that two or three people got their hands on them while trying to evacuate them from the forest. The victims allege that the forest officials indiscriminately attacked the Lambada tribesmen and wounded us in places not to be seen as women. The Human Rights Commission has complained about the manner in which forest officials attacked Lambada tribesmen. Forest officials released a video clipping of him talking to the affected Lambada tribesmen that night on social media via WhatsApp.
Conspiracy to kill innocent tribal workers.
The aboriginal tribes living in the Nallamalla Agency area have all the rights over the forest products available in the forest. Despite the decline in forest production over the past decade, tribal leaders are outraged that non-tribals in the plains are demanding our rights, robbing us of our livelihoods, and robbing us of employment. In this context, the tribal leaders condemned the attack on the Lambada tribesmen by the forest department officials when they went to collect forest products on the 27th of last month.
Comprehensive judicial inquiry out of facts
Forest officials allege that we did not attack the tribals. Victims, on the other hand, allege that forest officials indiscriminately attacked the Lambada tribesmen and wounded us in places not to mention women. The Human Rights Commission has complained about the manner in which forest officials attacked Lambada tribesmen.
Tribal leaders and community leaders on behalf of the victims have been urging the government to bring out the real issues if a comprehensive judicial inquiry is conducted by a high-ranking judge to find out what is actually going on tonight.
There were no tribals in the area. But there have been criticisms that the victims are conspiring to use the name of the Chinchu tribesmen if the Lambada tribesmen are injured. It remains to be seen whether the forest officials are making excuses to cover up the mistake, or whether the Lambada tribesmen are blaming the forest officials for justifying their mistakes. The real facts are likely to come out with a judicial inquiry to dispel the above suspicions.