Update on the Anti-CZP
March 18, 2001 Stone pillars of CZP kept for fencing demolished by the
March 21: Attempt of the RDO to coerce the people who are brought by the
police to his office, to give up the poramboke lands fails.
March 25: The house of Ramaswamy, an Adivasi leader, was completely burnt
March 30: Adivasis attacked, 6 Adivasis injured.
March 31: 20 Adivasis including some injured and 6 women arrested while
taking the injured to the hospital.
Ponnuswamy of Thuvaipathy assaulted and severely injured at night while
returning to the village by security guards and goondas of CZP.
April 6: More police force brought and fencing commences under their protection.
April 8: Anti-CZP Joint Action Committee formed with 14 organisations
including Adivasi organisations, environmental groups, trade unions etc
April 18: A one day token hunger strike held at Coimbatore. Most of the
Adivasis of Thoovaipathy prevented by CZP goondas from attending the hunger
strike. Protest meeting held at Gudalur, Nilgiri District.
April 19: The arrested 20 Adivasis were asked by the sessions judge to
put up two sureties for Rs.5000 each for their release which was not possible.
The bail petitions moves to the District Court.
April 30: District Court revises the bail order. Protest meetings held
in various parts of Tamilnadu including Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli, Palani
A Fact-Finding Team consisting of Thomas Kochery, David Selvaraj and A.J
Jawad constituted by the All India Coordinating Forum of the Adivasi/Indigenous
Peoples arrives for a 3 day fact finding mission.
May 2: A protest meeting takes place in Alamaramedu, an Adivasi village
in Anaikatti Hills, attended by representatives of primarily Adivasi organisations
from various parts of Tamilnadu and Kerala as well as the villages from
the region, announces boycott of elections, spread and intensification
May 4: The arrested 20 Adivasis including 6 women released on bail after
more than a month in prison, arrives at Thuvaipathy despite threats from
CZP goondas and vows to carry on the struggle.