MeraNews Network, Rajpipla: Despite heavy police bandobast and security measures upped on the day of the inauguration of the Statue of Unity in Kevadiya Colony, the Adivasi communities ensured that their protests were visible. Locals living near Kevadiya colony had released black balloons as a mark of protest against the government.
Heavy police presence was visible in regions like Dediyapada, Rajpipla, Netrang, and Jhaghadiya, to quell any signs of protests. These markets in these regions also observed a bandh as a mark of protest. The bandh was announced by a group called Bhilistan Tigers Sena.
Youth Adivasi leader Praful Vasava led the protests by the Adivasis, who took to streets shouting slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and later released black baloons in the air. On the eve of Sardar Patel's birth anniversary, several local leaders and community leaders were detained and kept under house arrests to quell possible protests from breaking out during PM Modi's visit.
So far, no violent incidents have come forth as the activists have said that they wish to take out only peaceful protests against the government's decision to spend thousands of crores in constructing the statue but not for the welfare of the Adivasis in the region.