Post Salwa Judum tribals' conditions worsens

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Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, May 5 (UNI) Anti naxal movement Salwa Judum was worsening the life of local tribals as they were forced to long for the sustenance and medical aid in naxal-affected Bastar division's Gangalur town.

Following naxal terror, tribals have been barred from ploughing fields and abandoning their paternal homes they have been compelled to stay in relief camps. Even the tribals were also being refrained from reveling any marriage ceremony.

Gangalur's Former Sarpanch Leelaiya Manjhi, who was a progressive farmer, said that from his 30-acre land he procured ample foodgrain that after storing them for annual domestic consumption he also made money upto Rs 40,000 by selling the rest.

''But farms are empty since three years and there is no source of income for villagers. Even with the beginning of the Salwa Judum campaign the weekly local market, which was the economic backbone of the region, was also closed by the government on the pretext of Maoists movement,'' rued former Sarpanch.

Gangalur relief camp refugee old Hangaram Poonem expressed concern about the deteriorating condition and conceded that no satisfactory aid was provided by the state government.

Mr Manjhi informed that here were two hospitals but were locked since two months and the entire staff, including doctors, was being staying at Bijapur district headquarters. A dresser seldom visited the place and dispensed medicines etc.

''Patients had to travel upto 25 km to reach Bijapur to get medical assistance,'' said Mr Manjhi, said that 15 to 16 doctors posts were accepted there but only one MBBS doctor was present there, who provided medical treatment to villagers and security personnels which were injured in naxal attack.

Ramaiyya, husband of Perma who succumbed in absence of medical aid, burst into tears while saying that with two minor kids he was facing miserable conditions.

About 30,000 tribals, including 5,000 children, have been living in 21 relief camps of Bijapur district. Earlier, the figure was 50,000 and the difference was created by the mass exodus.

In the relief camps, 10 kg foodgrains was being provided per person per month.

Five hundred tribals were killed in Bijapur district in naxal violence so far after formation of Salwa Judum.

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