Itahari, January 14:
Relatives of a man who was killed in an accident at Inaruwa on December 18, vandalised the Sunsari district court this evening for issuing a verdict against their wishes.
A single bench of judge Madhav Prasad Pokharel had issued the verdict ordering releasing Hem Narayan Urao, driver of the bus which knocked down Ram Lal Poddhar of Inaruwa, after imposing a fine of Rs 90,000.
Poddharâ€™s relatives and civil society members, who were staging a sit-in in front of the courtâ€™s main gates from 10:00 am today started vandalising the court office from 6:00 pm. They also shouted slogans against judge Pokharel and broke furniture.
The police controlled the situation about half an hour later, said SP in Yadav Raj Khanal.
â€œWe had demanded action against Urao for murder but the court released him after imposing on him a fine of Rs 90,000 only,â€ said late Ram Lalâ€™s nephew Santosh Dev. Irate kin have called strike from tomorrow, he said.
Lila Gautam, a judge in the Sunsari court, confirmed the incident and said this was a simple incident and had happened during a transitional period.