7 hurt in police action, scribes up in arms

ITAHARI: At least seven persons were injured when police charged batons on a group protesting the detention of innocent people in the Area Police Office in Itahari.

The police had arrested a teacher, Dilip Harijan and his son Lakhan Harijan last night on the charge of beating up alleged looters.

The locals gheraoed the Area Police Office at night saying that the detainee father and the son were innocent. The police rained lathis on the local protesters numbering over 100. They had been shouting slogans against the working style of the police force.

Seven persons, including Sardi Harijan, Dali Harijan and Bachha Harijan, were injured in the baton charge.

A local Ganesh Katwal said people were agitated as the police did not allow relatives to meet the detained father and the son.

According to Katwal, a group of hooligans has been going on a looting spree almost everyday in the Harijan area. He further said that locals had beaten up some boys who were allegedly involved in the looting last evening. However, the policemen reached the incident site later and detained the innocent duo, he added.

The area around the Area Police Office remained tense following the incident. Locals of Harijan have been demonstrating demanding the release of the father-son duo and action against the guilty. However, Shyamal Subba, Police Inspector threatened media persons who had been inquiring about the injured persons.

A meeting of local journalists in Itahari demanded stringent action against inspector Subba . The Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Sunsari chapter, Madhes Media Mission Nepal, Press Chautari Sunsari and Youth Reporters Group Itahari have demanded stringent action against him.