Strike, curfew lead to shortage of food, cooking gas in Damak

Damak, October 8:

While the strike called by the Federal Democratic National Forum (FDNF) affected life here today, the Federal Limbuwan Rajya Parishad (FLRP) has withdrawn its bandh for the next three days.

Jhapa chief district officer Jay Mukund Khanal said curfew was still on in the area to prevent possible clashes and violence. Yesterday, an FLRP cadre Raj Kumar Angdembe was killed in police firing when he defied curfew to go to Karkhe bazaar.

CDO Khanal said curfew was extended to prevent demonstrations by the Limbuwan group.

FLRP general secretary Kumar Lingden issued a statement saying they had withdrawn the strike.

The statement urged transporters, traders, shop-owners and educational institutions to resume functioning.

It, however, added that the programmes of padlocking government offices, protest rallies and mass meetings would continue.

Lingden issued the statement on behalf of the FLRP, Khambuwan Rastriya Morcha, Tamang Saling Rajya Parishad, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Biswas and other organisations.

The FLRP statement demanded that slain Limbuwan cadre Angdemb be declared martyr. It also called for compensation to his family, action against the concerned police personnel and revocation of curfew.

Throughout the day today,

police escorted public vehicles from Jhapa to their destinations to the west on the highway.

Meanwhile, security personnel badly beat up Gopal Kharpali, the local correspondent of Jan Vidroh daily published from Biratnagar, at Damak chowk for venturing out during curfew. Kharpali said he kept showing his identity card to the security personnel but they did not listen.

In a statement, the Damak chapter of the Journalists’ Forum condemned the police action against Kharpali and called for action against the concerned police personnel and compensation to the injured journalist.

The statement also urged the adminsitration to provide curfew passes to journalists.

Life remains affected in Damak and adjoining areas due to the curfew, with food grain, vegetables and cooking gas in short supply.