The Kerala State Scheduled Caste and Schedules Tribes Commission on Thursday directed the government to set up a special court at Attappady to deal with cases of illicit liquor and narcotic drugs.

Commission Chairman P.N. Vijayakumar (retired District Judge) told The Hindu from Attappady over the phone that Thaikula Sangoms, women’s organisation of the tribal women, submitted many complaints against illicit liquor and drugs on the first day of a three-day sitting at Agali on Thursday.

As the issue was so serious and widespread, a special court should be set up to deal with one of the major problems affecting the tribal people of Attappady, he said.

He said the Excise Department was directed to furnish details of measures to prevent illicit brewing and sale of liquor and drugs there.  

Mr. Vijayakumar said the commission settled 78 of the 120 cases at an adalat on Thursday. Many of the cases related to restoration of alienated tribal land and implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, to get documents of forestland in which the tribal people now lived.

He said the Act had not been implemented at Attappady and the commission wanted the government to provide records of rights and title deeds to the tribal people.

Mr. Vijayakumar said there were many cases of alienated tribal land in which the courts had directed restoration.  But the Mannarkkad court had not been able to implement these orders due to law and order problems and other issues.   He said there were many complaints about attack of wild animals in which some tribal people had died or suffered serious injuries. They were also not given compensation for loss of crop. Mr. Vijayakumar said many complaints about the Agriculture Department were about the neglect of tribal agriculture.

  • Commission directs State to open special court

  • To deal with cases of illicit liquor and narcotic drugs