“People in this village lack basic amenities like proper toilets and housing. The village is secluded and currently cut-off,” S Ravi, a villager, told TNIE.
Whenever dark clouds gather in the sky in Pathanamthitta, the heartbeats of people residing even inside strong and concrete double-storey houses increase with fear of calamities.
The families had migrated from Arakappu settlement located in the deep forest to Vishali Cave at Edamalayar on July 5 demanding rehabilitation at a place with road access.
Tribals receive land pattas and housing after TNIE highlighted their plight on July 10
Worse, the villagers have warned to impose a penalty of Rs 5,000 on anyone aiding the families.
However, as there was no decision on their rehabilitation even after four weeks, the families arrived in Ernakulam and staged the protest.
The tribals live on poramboke land and their requests for pattas were met with grievous laxity on part of the officials.
The families were brought to Idamalayar tribal hostel in the evening.