Madhyapur Thimi, July 28:
Eleven people were seriously injured when squatters clashed with security personnel at Madhyapur Thimi-16. The clash ensued when security personnel tried to evacuate squatters from the private land that lies in the Manohara Land Plotting Project (MLPP).
Six police personnel, a local and four squatters were injured in the clash. Inspector Resham Shrestha said, â€œAround hundred squatters, who were building their huts, hurled stones at security personnel and public.â€
According to Shrestha, inspector Madan Yadav and sub-inspector Bidur Sibakoti were among the injured.
They are undergoing treatment at the Thimi-based Korean Friendship Hospital.â€
He said, â€œBabukaji KC, a local, also sustained head injury. Friends took away four squatters, who were injured in the incident.â€
Police fired three tear gas shells to control the mob and found three khukuris, an iron rod and an axe near the site of the clash. Security personnel burnt squattersâ€™ huts.
Around a hundred strangers arrived at the land plotting area last evening with bamboos and plastic sheets to build huts, said an eyewitness.
â€œThis is the third time strangers have attempted to occupy the vacant space in the project area,â€ the eyewitness said.
According to a source, Balaram Bogati, a local of Imadol, Lalitpur, called the strangers, promising to provide land inside the project area with just Rs 1,700. Locals said project authorities were to blame for squattersâ€™ bid to capture the land.
They said, â€œSquatters have been trying to capture the private land time and time again because the authorities have not been taking this issue seriously.â€
MLPP chief Sanjaya Raj Upadhaya said the project was trying its best to protect the land from