9 injured as temporary police candidates clash with police in Dadeldhura

DADELDHURA: Nine persons were injured in Baghkhor, district headquarters of Dadeldhura, when a clash erupted between Nepal Police and temporary police candidates on Sunday.

The clash ensued when around three dozen candidates started chanting slogans and blocking the road in front of the District Police Office accusing the DPO of rigging in the selection process, said DSP Prem Shahi of the District Police Office.

At first, some of the protesters had pelted stones at police claiming they were deliberately rejected for the job. Four constables were injured on the spot.

One of the rejected candidates, Ambika Kumari Kami, a retired constable of Nepal Police, argued that the selection process was rigged due to some political interference. She further said that she already spent more than Rs 10,000 for her residence and foods for the selection process.

Earlier, it was advertised that retired security personnel would be given a priority in the selection.

Though police said the protesters pelted stones at them, the demonstrators accused police of using the force to suppress their demands.

Raj Bahadur Airee, a local of Amargadhi Municipality-7 said, "We were suppressed when asking for justice."

He further stated that five people including him were injured in the clash.

According to Airee, the rejected candidates resorted to the protests when the local candidates of Dadeldhura were rejected in favour of candidates from Kailali and Baitadi districts.

DSP Shahi, however, said the selection process was transparent and no political interference was involved.