On the first anniversary of the riots that followed after 12 Nepalis were killed in Iraq last year, sociologists fear the city is ill-prepared to prevent a recurrence of riots:
Kathmandu, August 31:
While tomorrow will be one year since the city saw its worst riots following the killing of 12 Nepalis in Iraq on September 1 last year, sociologists fear that the city is ill-prepared to prevent such instances from recurring.
Property worth Rs 1.01 billion was destroyed and two people were killed in the riots. Sociologists say that insecurity on the part of the denizens, frustration and lack of faith on political and administrative machinery sparked the riot. â€œIf the people had faith on the political and administrative entities, we would not have seen the September 1 riots,â€ said Dr Chaitanya Mishra, a sociologist. â€œThough people of different castes and creeds generally live in harmony, the September 1 riots brought our darker side to the fore.â€ â€œSuch riots can occur under one pretext or the other,â€ warned Dr Om Gurung, another sociologist. Frustrations should be addressed to prevent the outbreak of such riots.â€ â€œThe restoration of faith on the state mechanism is a key to addressing social insecurity,â€ Mishra said, adding: â€œThe political parties and the civil society should come to the fore to rule out such â€˜shamefulâ€™ riots as seen on September 1.
â€œInsecurity gives birth to rumours, innuendoes and sparks riots. Vested interest groups enter the scene to exploit the situation,â€ Gurung said. The report of the probe panel pinned the blame on security mechanism. However, the police blame it to â€˜higher authoritiesâ€™ for inaction. â€œWhat could we do? We received no orders from concerned quarters,â€ said a DIGP on condition of anonymity.