HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
DHANGADHI: Locals demanding undivided far-west region for past 17 days, today demonstrated at Dhangadi of Kailali district as well.
The agitators took out rally from various parts of the city including the Campus Road, Chauraha and Geta. The rallies were converged into a corner meet at Park Chowk.
Addressing the corner meet Bir Bahadur Balayar, district chairman, Nepali Congress Doti, asked the talks team of the region not to stay any longer in Kathmandu as the government is not serious about their demands. He warned of intensifying the protest if their demands were not met.
Meanwhile, the UCPN-Maoist is preparing to form a front to strengthen the movement of the Tharu Joint Struggle Committee and to mobilise people in a massive way. Speaking at the press meet organised at Dhangadi, district in-charge of the party Hari Gyanwali said that the Nepali Congress is actively working against his party, adding, “My party will bring special programme against the nefarious activities of the Nepali Congress.”
In a press release issued, the party has promised to support the bandh called by the Joint Tharu Struggle Committee for five days starting from May 14.
Meanwhile, 20 various organisations and political parties have condemned the attack on Tharu people on May 11. District in-charge of the UCPN-Maoist Hari Gyanwali, district secretary Hari Chaudhari, CPN-UML chairman Horilal Chaudhari including others demanded that the government should provide free treatment to those injured in the incident.
Issuing a joint press release, they have also condemned the incident in which the supporters of intact far-west torched two tractors used by Tharu people while heading to attend the mass meet and demanded compensation for it.
Pravat Kumar Chaudhari, coordinator, Joint Tharu Struggle Committee, apologised for the remarks made by the central Tharu leader at a programme organised at the district development chowk of Kailali on May 11. He promised not to misbehave the mediapersons in future.
Meanwhile, mediapersons and civil society organised a rally for social harmony in Attariya.
Govt sign boards renamed
DIPAYAL: In a curious turn of events, agitators demanding intact far-western region changed the sign-board of the government offices on Sunday. To start with, they have changed the sign-board of Dipayal based regional government offices and district government offices at Silgadi to ‘Nepal Government Undivided Far West Region’. The sign-boards of all government offices of far-west have been changed. Yagyaraj Joshi, deputy-coordinator, Intact Far Western Struggle Committee Dipayal, warned that the regional government would start its’ work if their demands are not addressed at the earliest.