Thousands of Dongria Kondh tribals and peasants took out a rally at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district of Odisha on Thursday demanding complete dismantling of the closed down alumina plant of the Vedanta Alumina Limited (VAL) in the area.

Tribals from Kalahandi and Rayagada districts participated in the rally, held under the banner of the Niyamgiri Surakshya Samity (NSS).

About 40 leaders of various democratic movements took part in the rally. They included peasants’ activist Lingaraj Azad, president of the National Forest Workers’ Federation Ashok Choudhury and convener of the National Alliance of People’s Movements Prafulla Samantra. Local MLA Sivaji Majhi was also present.

NSS president Kumuti Majhi presided over the meeting, which was addressed by Dongria Kondh leader Lada Sikaka.

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