More than 30 injured in clash

Rautahat, February 14

More than 30 persons, including security personnel, were injured in a clash that broke out between locals of Bishrampur and security personnel over the decision to shift the office of Brindaban Municipality, in Rautahat, today.

Locals of Ward No 2 Bishrampur had picketed the meeting venue from 10:00am when officials of the municipality, including Mayor Ramshnehi Ray Yadav, were meeting to decide on shifting the office from Bishrampur to Chamanpur. The clash erupted when protesting locals pelted stones at the meeting venue as the meeting continued despite their agitation.

Nepal Police and APF personnel had fired 21 rounds of tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. Irate locals then broke the main gate of the meeting venue and tried to force themselves in. Police personnel had to baton-charge them to prevent them from entering. Despite police action, locals dragged the furniture out from the meeting venue and set them on fire.

Fourteen Nepal police personnel, two APF personnel and more than one dozen protesters were injured in the incident. Struggle Committee Coordinator Ramnath Sahani said that Silawa Devi Sah, who was critically injured, was undergoing treatment at Healthland Hospital, Garuda.

Rautahat SP Yagya Binod Pokhrel said that normal force was used to bring the situation under control.

Mayor Yadav said the decision to shift the municipality office was put off and charged that the attack as premeditated. He said they were meeting to forge consensus on shifting the office. Normalcy returned after the meeting stopped.