Hand of KMC staffers suspected in rag-picker clash

Sweeper held, others to be probed

Kathmandu, July 18:

Chief executive officer of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Dinesh Thapaliya today said a KMC staffer was arrested after the rag-pickers’ clash with cops and KMC staff yesterday and the KMC was probing the involvement of other staffers.

The meeting of the officials and employees of the KMC, representatives of the eight-party alliance and the private sector involved in the collection of garbage has decided to probe the incident for the involvement of other staffers of the KMC in the attack. “The meeting has also given KMC the mandate to expel those found guilty,” he said.

Thapaliya said he had heard that KMC staffers were involved in inciting groups to disturb the smooth collection of city garbage. “Now it has been proved,” he said.

A sweeper of the KMC, Ram Waiba, was arrested yesterday along with other agitators.

The meeting decided to bar from KMC offices those without identity cards or the people not deputed by the KMC.

“We have also decided to request the cabinet to take a decision to ensure that no one would disturb the collection and transportation of garbage, as it is an essential service,” Thapaliya added. He said meeting has decided to request the authority concerned to get Rs 600,000 as compensation for the vandalised vehicles from the agitators.

The KMC has filed a report at the Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka with the names of 25 people involved in yesterday’s attack and demanded legal action against them. Of the 25 accused, 18 were arrested yesterday.

Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of the Environment Management Department of KMC, said the vandalised vehicles would be set right by Thursday. He said the rag-pickers living inside the TTS compound had erected temporary huts, which were demolished yesterday. They were demanding land ownership certificates of the place where they had erected the temporary huts.

Shrestha said the KMC would begin collecting garbage from the tourist hub Thamel area from 5 pm today and would send it to the landfill site at 5 am tomorrow. “All the garbage would be cleaned within three days,” said Thapaliya.

Meanwhile, the meeting between the representatives of the Risheswor Youth Club and the eight-party representatives from the KMC concluded without any decision. “The eight-party representatives have assured us to place our demands before the board meeting of the KMC to be held on Friday,” said Deepak Raj Khadgi, secretary of RYC.