Dolakha, December 19
Outgoing temporary police personnel accused District Police Office, Dolakha, of depriving them of their meal after they staged demonstration against the administration yesterday.
They returned home today, three days prior to the expiry of their contract. As many as 755 personnel hired for security during provincial and parliamentary polls in the district have been called to report at the office for their certificates on December 22.
The disgruntled personnel had demonstrated at the district headquarters Charikot yesterday accusing the administration of irregularities in distribution of temporary police personnel’s ration allowance. A total of 12 temporary police personnel had sustained injuries in a clash with the personnel of Nepal Police yesterday.
Outgoing police recruit Shiva Khadka said the DPO did not serve meal to the demonstrators’ yesterday evening and today morning. “After the facility did not provide meal, we had our meal outside the facility. Our contract is also about to expire, hence we are returning home,” said Khadka, who was spotted at Charikot Buspark.
Another temporary cop Bishnu Prasad Dahal said talks with DSP Rameshwor Karki yesterday were inconclusive. “We demanded Rs 95 for one-time meal, but they said they could give Rs 65 only,” said Dahal.
Another temporary cop Anjana Shrestha of Lapilang of Kalinchowk Rural Municipality-5, Dolakha, said the discrepancy in ration allowance had defamed the entire police administration. “We joined the security agency expecting it would pay off but received baton injuries in return while demanding allowance as per the contract,” regretted Shrestha.
Refuting the accusation, DSP Karki said some of the temporary police personnel had taken their meals outside as per their will. He claimed none was discriminated, adding that temporary recruits were provided allowance on par with the personnel of Nepal Police.
A version of this article appears in print on December 20, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.