Kathmandu, November 7:

About 100 members of the Namo Buddha Gurung Sewa Samiti (NBGSS) gheraoed the Ward Police Station today after three workers and one of its member were arrested from a construction site in Dhobikhola. All four were released at around 7 pm.

The NBGSS has been constructing a public building on the government-owned land on the bank of Dhobikhola, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC)-4.

The NBGSS says it began constructing the building after receiving permission for the same from the concerned local authority last year.

According to the police, the four were held for an inquiry after they received a complaint which stated that the building was being constructed on a private land.

The NBGSS general secretary, Surya Bahadur Gurung, said ward number 4 of the KMC had made it clear that the land did not belong to any individual. He said the KMC ward office had given permission to construct the public building.

“The ward office has made it clear to the KMC that the land has not been registered in the name of any individual,” he said, adding the NBGSS had been constructing the building with the objective of serving the people. He added that the locals had given their consent to the construction plan. According to the NBGSS president, Krishna Gurung, the public building will benefit the locals and some 300 NBGSS members. “We thought of constructing the public building after we found that people were compelled to go to faraway places to perform the last rites,” he said.

General secretary Gurung said the NBGSS will gherao the police station tomorrow too. He added that a resident of KMC-19, Dhruba Narayan Chitrakar, had been laying claim over the land.