136 families fled Janakpur in month: Police

KATHMANDU: Nepal Police data has revealed that due to several armed groups and weak security mechanism, 136 families have already been displaced from their territory in the last one month in Dhanusha district.

According to the police, Janakpur has become one of the most unsafe places in the Tarai. Criminal groups have also targeted Sarlahi and Siraha. Ram Nath Yadav, a teacher, is one among the displaced. Yadav, who wished to take his last breath in Janakpur said, "I have lived here for more than 50 years. I am a teacher and all these years I have taught my students not to get scared and do what's right."

"Today I am recalling those words. Time has changed and I am in such a state, that I do not know what to do. The situation here in Janakpur is worsening day by day and people are selling their properties and running away," he added. Yadav further questioned, "Nobody knows where to go?" Yadav lamented, "Various groups carrying guns and other weapons were scaring people. A member of every house wakes up and guards the rest of the family at night. It took our precious years to save our properties and now some of these armed groups have given us no option but to leave our territory."

Responding to the woes of the people in the Tarai, Nepal Police spokesperson Bigyan Raj Sharma said, "We all need security today. Not only in the valley, but the situation in the Tarai is scary." Akhil Tarai Mukti Morcha (Goet), Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (Jwala Singh), Madhes Mukti Tiger and Samyukta Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (Pawan Samuha) have been terrifying the locals, according to NP. These groups have targeted Chettris, Thakuris, Bahuns and people who own large amount of land and properties in the past, but now they threaten anyone living there, the police said, adding that even if they arrest the group members, they claim to have contacts with political parties.