The Pioneer, Jan 30, 2009
PNS | Bhawanipatna
Over 20,000 tribal men and women including their children from the Niyamgiri area marched through the dense forest to create a 17-km-long human wall across their god-mountain Niyamagiri, believed to be the incarnation of Niyan Raja, which faces destruction due to mining activities.
The people from over 200 villages converged at the place covering a 17-km stretch along the Niyamgiri foothills on Tuesday. The chain traversed from Ijirupa across Jaganathpur, Lanjigarh and Kansari up to Balabhadrapur.
"How could I not come, it is our life," says a 45-year-old Dongaria Kondh. She walked 70-km from Khambehi village in Rayagarha to take part in the protest.