A violent street fight broke out between two groups in a tribal hamlet near Reddigudem in the West Godavari district. As per the ground reports, it has been understood that the Konda Reddis, a marginalized tribal group was attacked and threatened by a group of non-tribal to leave their forest lands. This forest land has been Kondareddi’s mainstay regions from the year 2001, as per the records.
As per the ground reports, on the 8th of December, a local woman named Krishnaveni got brutally attacked by a non-tribal group. A police complaint filed by Krishnaveni stated that the attackers brutally held her hair and attacked her with the tools. As per the local insights, an FIR has been lodged under sections 324, 509, 506, and 34 of the Indian Penal code.
The tribal population living in the Reddigudem area alleges that a non-tribal group entered the forest region and attacked the tribal population including women with knives and sickles. The indigenous tribal population also alleges that the non-tribal force has become a serious issue to them and they often enter the forest region, threaten them to kill, and often disrupt their livelihood activities. Adivasis have also come forward and stated that local police have been supporting the non-tribal factions and the local police even have registered false charges against the leaders of Adivasi Sankshema Parishad, the tribal welfare organisation supporting the tribal population of Reddigudem.
The Kondareddis of Reddigudem area have also said that they have been cornered and deprived of their forest land rights ensured under the Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 fundamentally due to ignorance and indifference by the current government officials.