Crackdown on tribals rocks Chhat Assembly

Crackdown on tribals rocks Chhat Assembly

The opposition Congress took up the issue of police lathicharge on tribals in the Chhattisgarh Assembly on Wednesday, demanding a probe into the incident.

Police on Tuesday cane-charged and lobbed teargas shells to disperse tribals who were on their way to gherao the Chhattisgah Assembly.

They were pressing their demands, including 32 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutes. Nearly 1,000 adivasis were arrested by the police.

The agitated Congress members raised a storm in the assembly and sought an explanation from the government.

As the party members created ruckus and entered into the well of the House, the Speaker suspened 28 Congress MLAs. Their suspension was later revoked.

Following the pandemonium, the House was adjourned for 10 minutes.

When the House reassembled, Leader of Opposition Ravindra Chaubey said confusion prevails over the issue of reservation for SC/STs in the state.

The BJP government had assured 32 per cent reservation for tribals. When tribals offered to discuss this matter with the government, they were beaten up by the police, Chaubey said.

However, Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar said prohibitory orders are in place around the Assembly building when the House is in session.

He said the adivasis were armed and they hurled stones at the police.

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