Tribal, non tribal conflict

The tribals of Jiwati tehsil in Chandrapur district, Maharashtra, are gradually learning how to fight the encroachers. The area, one of the most backward in the country, had seen large-scale land grabbing by non-tribals after the 1965 drought. The non-tribals (mostly from the Banjara community) from Nanded, Latur and Parbhani districts of western Maharashtra migrated to the remote, hilly and richly forested area of Chandrapur in large numbers. They then encroached upon large tracts of forestland, felled and sold large quantities of timber, and also grabbed agricultural land from the tribal residents of the area under the guise of contracts, fake sale deeds or simply by brute force. The tribals