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Tribals at Krishnagiri Collectorate on Monday.
Tribals at Krishnagiri Collectorate on Monday.

Over 300 tribals, including 100 women and 20 children, thronged the District Collectorate on Monday demanding that they be allowed to live in the forests.

They came in over five vehicles from the forest at Nelmar Agraharam where they were camping since April 9.

T.M. Mallesh, who led the tribals to the Collectorate told reporters here that 231 families were camping inside the forests at Nelmar Agraharam in tents.

Their demands included granting at least 2 acres to each family, and they be allowed to collect forest produce for their livelihood.

He said the authorities should provide basic amenities such as road, drinking water, education institutions, electricity, and protected drinking water.

Mr. Mallet said that the lands they were cultivating were usurped by upper caste people at Nelmar Agraharam.

The government should either retrieve the land or provide each family at least 2 acres, he said.

The government should allot free house site patta to them.

The representatives of tribal families met the Collector-in-charge C. Prakasam and submitted a memorandum in this regard.

They would continue to camp inside the forest, Mr. Mallet said.

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