Raipur: On the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, more than 150 Adivasis, and many others, will start a 12-day peace March from Chatti village, situated at the border of Andhra, Telangana and Chhattisgarh. The marchers will symbolically walk the same path which was taken by Maoists in 1980 to enter the Dandakarnya forest, which is spread across six states in central India and has been the epicenter of operation of the Maoist movement. The Adivasis will cover a distance of 186 KM and end the march at Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh.
The march is an appeal to all sides to stop the fighting and allow Adivasis to once again live in a peaceful society and looks at initiating a fresh attempt at peace and non-violence to end the Maoist conflict in central India. In the last 20 years, the conflict between the Maoist guerrillas and security forces have led to the death of more than 12,000 people. Of those who have lost their lives, 2,700 are the security personnel and 9,300 are Adivasi men and women, most of whom had no part in the violence.