Activists from 10 states protest `land grab` at Jantar Mantar

A large number of people from as many as 10 states on Friday staged a protest here demanding proper implementation of the Forest Rights Act.

Last Updated: May 20, 2011, 13:57 PM IST

New Delhi: A large number of people from as many as 10 states on Friday staged a protest here demanding proper implementation of the Forest Rights Act.

"We are protesting against the land grab by government for industrial projects. People from across the country have come, including Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand," said Shankar, an activist.

The group of activists and villagers under the aeigs of
`Campaign for Survival and Dignity` assembled at Jantar Mantar
this morning and shouted slogans against the authorities.

They demanded that the rights of forest dwellers must be
recognised and the government should stop taking land for
industries.

The protesters demanded that the gram sabha`s powers to
manage, control and protect forests and other natural
resources must be respected and displacement be halted.

PTI