With sacrificial blood stained rice in their hands tribals took ritualistic vow at the top of Niyamgiri hill in Kalahandi district in the Indian state of Orissa to lay down their lives to protect their ‘Niyam Raja’ from destruction by proposed mining for bauxite. Tribals of the area especially the Dongria, Kutia and Jharania Kondhs worship Niyamgiri hill as a deity and call it ‘Niyam Raja’.
It may be noted that proposed mining for bauxite by Vedanta Alumina Limited (VAL) at Niyamgiri hill VAL has been scrapped by the Environment and Forests ministry of Central government and the State government has approached the Supreme Court against this decision of Central government.
See http://www.hindu.com/2011/03/01/stories/2011030159650300.htm.