Riot-displaced seek security to return home

Badhni (India), September 26:

Over 2,000 Nepalis, who fled to Siddharthanagar and Badhni of India after recent rioting and

violence in Kapilvastu district, have appealed to the administration to help them return home.

Displaced people told an all-party team, which arrived here from

Taulihawa, the district headquarters of Kapilvastu, that they were willing to return home if the Nepal government assures them of safety of their lives and properties.

Jawed Miyan, who has been putting up at Gandhi Inter College in Badhni, said, “We want to return home, but the government should provide us a guarantee of security and protection of lives and property.” He added that his home was totally destroyed in the mayhem that erupted after the murder of Democratic Madhesi Mukti Morcha president Moin Khan in Balapur of Kapilvastu over a week ago. The all-party team also interacted with the Indian side and asked them to urge the displaced people to return home.

Kapilvastu chief district office Beni Madhav Gyawali said efforts are on to bring back the displaced people. He added that the all-party team also distributed relief to those sheltering in India. The displaced people have set up camps in Gandhi Inter College, Dudhaniya, Ghanauri and Akarwa around Badhni of India. They said that the Indian people have helped them by providing food and shelter.

The all-party team assured the displaced living there that the security situation had improved in the district. A team member, Raju Aryal, said, “ The government has made arrangements for security and payment of compensation to the affected.”

CDO Gyawali said he has requested the Siddharthanagar officialdom to help the Nepal government bring back the displaced. He also said that additional IG of the Armed Police Force Amber Nemwang and additional IG of the civil police Keshav Prasad Baral have done the needful to bring the security situation in the district back on the rails. Baral said six police posts have been set up in the affected areas. Personnel of the Krishnanagar border police post said 500 displaced Nepalis returned today.

Meanwhile, curfew is in force at night in Chandrauta and Krishnagar. Life is returning to normal. Peole went about their business as usual in the local bazaars today.