Locals demand truce, talks

Dipayal, November 27:

Hundreds of locals of Doti’s remote Mannakapadi VDC reached Dipayal, the regional headquarters of the far west, demanding restoration of peace in the country and respect for the people’s aspirations, today. The demonstrators, ranging from 12 and 70 years of age, arrived at the district headquarters after walking for three days. They said their objective was to gherao the regional administration office here to put pressure on the government for restoration of peace. However, the police personnel stopped them at Ratomato and they could not carry out their gherao of the regional administration office. At least four hundred people marched to the district headquarters to gherao the administrative officials. Man Bahadur Manni of Mannakapadi VDC 1, said, “The government should take the initiative for restoration of peace. Being the patron of the people, the state just cannot sit idle.” He said three of his companions fell sick on the way.

Chief district officer of Doti Bhojendra Kumar Chhetri, deputy superintendent of police of the district police office Basant Kumar Pant, district development committee chairman Lal Bahadur Khadka, superintendent of police of the National Research Department in the far west Keshav Bahadur Singh met the people. On the occasion, Prakash Bahadur Chand, a teacher at the Shivji Lower Secondary School in Mannakapadi, on behalf of the civilians handed over a memorandum to the chief district officer, who assured that it would be forwarded to the Home Ministry and that the demands of the teachers and students would be put up before the Education Ministry.