Bastar police use adivasis to fight adivasis – unleashing violence in the villages
During the summer, before the paddy is sown, adivasis in Chhattisgarh often subsist on the small animals and birds they trap in the jungles. On April 11, five men from Bade Gudra village, about 70 kilometers from Dantewada town, went into the Iddesmetta forests that border their village to try to trap a shahi murga, a large rooster that could feed a dozen people.
The men dug a hole, covered it with a net and camouflaged the trap with dry leaves and sticks. “We saw a rooster walking towards the trap,” said Chula Kartam, 55, a resident of Bade Gudra. “But before it reached the net, about four dozen armed soldiers reached the spot.” According to two witnesses, the security men began to shout in Gondi and attacked the five men. They fired at them, leaving one man severely injured. Another man, who managed to escape, told his neighbours what had transpired. In a short while, the security forces came to the village and randomly picked up three other men.
Six of the men, Unga Sori, Unga Kartami, Unga Pudiyami, Kosa Pudiyami, Katti Pudiyami and Raju Manda, are under arrest. Kartam Pandu, 25, managed to escape from his bed in the Civil Hospital in Dantewada even though he had been shot in the leg thrice. He has been missing since.