Army camping in private land for free

Dhading, August 8:

During the decade-long conflict, the then Royal Nepal Army established a temporary camp in

the land belonging to 14 families in Phajimtar of Jogimara VDC-9 in Dhanding district. The families had no option except to move out.

Hari Bahadur Ghimire and his family members are having a tough time because the army has neither vacated his land nor compensated him.

“The army has not compensated me for four ropani of my land,” Ghimire said.

Ghimire’s wife has been suffering from depression due to the constant sound of firing from

the NA camp. Ghimire said he had borrowed money for his wife’s treatment. “I don’t know how to repay the debt.” He urged the Dhading District Administration Office to compensate him at the earliest.

The army has also occupied the land of Hari Kumar, Tek Kumar Raut, Baburam Raut, Ek Bahadur Khand, Hari Bahadur Khand, Kamal Bahadur Khand, Yagya Bahadur Khand, Deep Bahadur Khand, Kendra Bahadur Khand, Indranath Tripathi and Ram Krishna Raut.

But none of them have received any compensation. NA’s temporary camps, set up in Jogimara, Banighat and Bhumesthan of the district during the conflict, are yet to be removed.

“We were told that the camps were temporary, but they have not been removed till now,” locals complained.