Adilabad: Adivasis on Thursday paid rich tributes to those Tribals who were killed in the infamous police firing incident, which took place at a public meeting in Indervelli mandal 36 years ago. Adilabad Member of Parliament (MP) G Nagesh and many other public representatives too offered homage to the slain Adivasis who were shot at by police at this remote village on April 20 in 1981.
Family members of the slain tribals arrived to the memorial and performed unique rituals in order to offer tributes. They commemorated sacrifices of their community members for rights over lands and forests. They dined at the spot and returned to their native places in the evening. However, cops imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code in Indervelli in view of 36th anniversary of the incident.
For the last two years, the kin are allowed to conduct rituals at the memorial. They vowed to realise ideals of the tribals who sacrificed their lives for the rights of their community members over land and forest. They were not allowed at the spot of the incident in the past, citing law and order problems.
MP Nagesh also arrived at the venue and paid homage to the tribal martyrs. He was accompanied by local leaders of the TRS party. Representatives of various Tribal organisations also offered tributes and hailed those who were killed in the brutal firing. According to official records, 13 tribals belonging to various parts of Indervelli mandal had lost lives in the tragic incident. However, peoples’ organisations allege that nearly 100 tribals were killed in the firing.
On every April 20, kin of the deceased Adivasis gather at the memorial and pay homage as per their traditions and culture.