Reacting to a media report, the Odisha government on Wednesday denied that tours were being conducted by operators to escort visitors to see the Bonda tribals in their primal, semi-clad conditions.
However, it ordered an enquiry into the matter.
Odisha chief secretary BK Patnaik told mediapersons at the state capital: “The chief minister has directed an officer to go to the area (Malkangiri district) and give a report. Action will be taken accordingly.”
The media report said operators were offering a close look at the heavily beaded and semi-clad Bonda tribals. Recently a storm had been raised over the videographing of the Jarawa tribals of the Andamans.
Numbering just 5,000, the Bonda tribals live in the hill areas in Malkangiri district, more than 600 km southwest of Bhubaneswar. The media report, however, referred to the Jeypore area, which is in Koraput district.
Malkangiri collector Balbant Singh said there was no question of any “human safari” in the district. “It is not so easy for foreigners to visit the area as there are lots of restrictions on their movements. No such incident has come to our notice.”