Pay tax to Tarai govt, JTMM-J tells Siraha DDC

Threatens physical action against DDC officials

Siraha, July 11 :

The Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha (Jwala) will not allow the Siraha district development committee (DDC) to execute its plans unless it pays tax to the Tarai government, Siraha in-charge of the JTMM-J Tufan Singh Bidrohi said.

The JTMM-J will not “recognise” any contracts unless the DDC pays tax to the “Tarai government”, Bidrohi said.

The JTMM-J will take action against non-Madhesi staffers of government offices based in the Tarai region if they do not leave the region immediately, he said.

Bidrohi said that the Siraha-Saptari executive committee of the JTMM-J had, in a meeting held at an undisclosed place recently, decided not to recognise contracts and plans undertaken without payment of tax to the “Tarai government”.

Physical action will be taken against officials of the DDC, municipality and the contractors if they go against the JTMM-J’s decision, Bidrohi said. He also warned non-Madhesi staffers working in government offices in the Tarai to immediately leave the Tarai region, warning them of “physical action” if they do not leave the region at the earliest.

The meeting attended by Bidrohi and JTMM-J Saptari district secretary also formed a unified command to counter the government’s security plans.

The JTMM-J claimed that the command under the coordination of Siraha-Saptari military in-charge Shaitan Singh has 207 militiamen equipped with modern weapons. The militiamen were trained at an unidentified location in India, it said.

Singh added that 2,000 soldiers of the JTMM-J’s liberation army were taking part in training in different parts of India to hinder the constituent assembly (CA) polls slated for November 22. Singh told this daily that the government had ignored them even after they came to talks table after declaring a ceasefire. “Now we have no option left except to disrupt the CA polls,” he said.

Tough talk

• JTMM-J tells non-Madhesi employees of government offices in Siraha to leave

at the earliest.

• Says 2,000 soldiers of its liberation army are taking part in training in India.

• Says it has no option left except to disrupt the polls.