SSB ‘troubling’ locals

Phidim: Locals of Panchthar areas bordering Sikkim and Darjeeling of India on Sunday alleged that the Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) of India has been troubling them. Organising a press conference in Phidim bazaar, locals of Prangbung, Sidin and Memeng VDCs said: “The SSB men posted at Phalut, Mahale, Chiwabhanjyang, Dhurping and Toriphule areas in the Nepal-India border harass them.” Panch-thar CDO Hari Krishna Upadhayaya said police teams will be sent to the border areas. — HNS

JTMM men thrashed

ITAHARI: Locals of Saterjhora-6 in Sunsari district, angered at the abduction of three youths on Friday, beat up two persons including a Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha-Jwala Singh army commander and chased them away on Saturday. Batan Sardar, Rajendra Sardar and Satan Sardar were abducted on Friday night and released on Saturday. JTMM-J army commander Bijaya Sardar and Inaruwa in-charge Ganesh Meheta faced the villagers’ ire when they reached Saterjhora immediately after the release of the abductees. — HNS

Three jailbirds escape

RAJBIRAJ: Three jail inmates have fled from the Saptari prison. Santosh Yadav and Gujai Chaudhary of Jobani-2 in Bihar’s Arariya district and Dharmendra Bhagat of Biratnagar-7 escaped after breaking open an iron bar of the main gate at 2 am, said chief jailer Sanjiv Niraula. They were in the jail for a year serving time for murder. Some 19 civil police personnel led by an assistant sub-inspector were deployed for the security of the jail. They came to know about the jailbreak only after 6 am. — HNS

Scrap-monarchy call

Kathmandu: Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP) on Sunday issued a call for an end to monarchy by passing a proposal in the Parliament to this effect under Article 159 (1) of the Interim Constitution. The party made this call following a three-day central committee meeting that ended on Sunday. Saying that king Gyanendra has no rights any more, the statement signed by NWPP General Secretary Sunil Prajapati has demanded a proposal seeking an end to monarchy. — HNS

Police post locked

POKHARA: Maoist cadres on Sunday padlocked the police post at Ghandruk VDC, saying that it was set up without an agreement among the eight political parties. Nine policemen led by sub-inspector Tikaram Poudel had been stationed at the post established last Thursday. “A meeting of locals and the Maoists have decided to remove the post,” Sandesh, the Maoists’ area no-3 in-charge, said. — HNS