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Cops, protesters clash at border

- RAJENDRA NATH, THAKUR SINGH THARU, NEPALGUNJ

Dec 3, 2015-

Supporters of the agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) gathered at the no-man’s-land between Nepalgunj-Rupaidiha border hurled Molotov cocktails and stones in a clash with police on Wednesday.

At least four police personnel and around a dozen of protesters were injured.

SLMM leader Pashupatidayal Mishra claimed the clash ensued after police started throwing stones at them.

Nepali security agencies expressed dissatisfaction towards the Indian border security force, Sashastra Seema Bal, for not stopping the violent activities at the border point. The Indian side had earlier said that it would not allow protesters from staging protest at the no-man’s-land. An officer at Nanpara Police in India said the people protesting at the no-man’s-land were Nepalis, and it was the job of the Nepali security agencies to clear them. In Siraha, locals formed a  45km-long human chain along the East-West Highway in support of the ongoing Madhes agitation and calling on the government to respect human rights.

Tarai-Kathmandu ties could end, warns Thakur

JANAKPUR: Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party Chairman Mahantha Thakur has warned that the relations between Kathmandu and Madhes could end if the major political parties fail to take the talks with the Madhes-based parties seriously. Addressing a protest programme at Dhalkebar on Wednesday, Thakur said the major political leaders should have understood by now that the Tarai is the lifeline of Nepal. If they are still not serious about the talks, that lifeline could be destroyed, he said.

(With inputs from our local correspondents)

 

Published: 03-12-2015 08:41

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Tharuhat issues, which were raised demanding “Autonomous Tharuhat State”, have lost steam after a few leaders spearheading the protest joined the government.
Tharu activists said they were in a dilemma over continuing the protest activities after political parties in the government asked them to call off their protest activities. The activists fear that their party may take action against them if they continue demonstrations to establish rights for the Tharu community. Tharu locals claimed the Tharuhat issues had been weakened due to the dual nature of their “front liners”.
District leader of UCPN (Maoist) Suresh Chaudhary accepted that Tharuhat demonstrations have been affected after the CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist), Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L), among other parties, joined the government. “Our friends might have problems to raise Tharu issues after getting on board the government. But we will continue the protest for our rights,” he said.
The Tharuhat protest had been led by district leader of CPN-UML, Chandra Bahadur Chaudhary. But he was forced to resign as coordinator of the Tharuhat Samyukta Sangharsha Samiti due to the continuous pressure. MJF-L’s district Vice-chairman Phularam Chaudhary, who succeeded Chandra Bahadur in the post, claimed the protest had softened due to the major festivals.
“We will organise a gathering of Tharu leaders on December 4 and 5 to establish our issues,” he said, adding that the protest activities would proceed in a new way.
According to the 2011 census, there over 1.7 million Tharus across the country, including 322,000 in Kailali district.
Advocate Ganesh Chaudhary said they would continue fight for their rights. “The demands of Tharuhat are genuine because they are related to our identity,” he said.
The government claims the issues of the Tharus have already been addressed by the new constitution, but Tharu leaders argue that the delineation of federal states have further marginalised the Tharu community.

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