Curfew clamped in Bhaktapur

BHAKTAPUR: District Administration Office, Bhaktapur, on Monday clamped an indefinite curfew in Sudal VDC following violence that ensued after a boy was killed in a road accident.

Shree Ram Khatri, 16, died on the spot when a truck belonging to Swyat Bhairab Brick Industry hit him at Sudal VDC 4 at around 9 this morning. Irate locals torched vehicles and set on fire the brick factory’s office.

Kamal Mani Kafle, Chief District Officer-Bhaktapur, told The Himalayan Times, “We were compelled to clamp an indefinite curfew from 3 pm to prevent any untoward incident,” adding that the situation was completely under control. The locals are demanding appropriate compensation for the victim’s family as well as removal of brick factories from the VDC. Locals claim that over a dozen brick factories in the VDC have polluted the environment in the surrounding areas.

Puspa Chandra Ranjit, SP at Metropolitan Police Sector, property worth over Rs 10 million has been damaged by locals in the incident.