Odisha: Chipko in 2018, villagers protest tree cutting
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Odisha: Chipko in 2018, village women protest tree cutting

At Dhenkanal’s Balarampur village in Odisha, a crowd of women protested chopping of trees which were taking place to establish a beer factory.

Women wrapped their arms around the trees in order to protect them, who were then forcibly removed by the police. According to reports, the women managed to protect the forest allowing no tree to be cut.

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It all started when the administration kick-started the process of property utilization by cutting trees for the beer factory. What followed was a tussle between the authorities and the people living there.

The point of destruction, Jhinkargadi forest has been protected by the villagers for their life now.

Reports say that the part of land has been identified as the one belonging to Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation. Meanwhile, the city administration has said that the area can be utilized for such purposes as it passes the criteria of having five per cent common land.

Apparently, its foundation was laid down by the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen. Police have detained 10 villagers post protest.

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