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:

Hem Dulal

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. “If the people had faith on the political and administrative entities, we would not have seen the September 1 riots,” said Dr Chaitanya Mishra, a sociologist. “Though people of different castes and creeds generally live in harmony, the September 1 riots brought our darker side to the fore.” “Such riots can occur under one pretext or the other,” warned Dr Om Gurung, another sociologist. Frustrations should be addressed to prevent the outbreak of such riots.” “The restoration of faith on the state mechanism is a key to addressing social insecurity,” Mishra said, adding: “The political parties and the civil society should come to the fore to rule out such ‘shameful’ riots as seen on September 1.

“Insecurity gives birth to rumours, innuendoes and sparks riots. Vested interest groups enter the scene to exploit the situation,” Gurung said. The report of the probe panel pinned the blame on security mechanism. However, the police blame it to ‘higher authorities’ for inaction. “What could we do? We received no orders from concerned quarters,” said a DIGP on condition of anonymity.