Dhankuta tense, prohibitory order issued
Jan 18, 2018-Local administration has issued a prohibitory order in Dhankuta district on Thursday after demonstrators vandalised and torched various government offices in the district.
Locals in Dhankuta took to the streets following the government decision on Wednesday to declare Biratnagar as the Capital of Province 1.
Chief District Officer Prem Prakash Upreti informed that the prohibitory order will be effective from 11:30 am in Bihibare Haat in the East, Ghumaune Chautara in the West, Debrebas to Public Service Commission office in the North and Patale Khola in the South of the district.
Security personnnel informed the general public about the prohibitory order by miking at various places.
Additional security personnel have been deployed from Sunsari to maintain law and order in the district.
Dhankuta locals had been staging demonstration for the past few weeks demanding the district be declared the capital of province 1.
The agitated locals today vandalised various government offices and set Regional Administration Office on fire. The protesters have also torched the regional office and division office, among other government offices, in the district.
The protesters had torched the administration office while Deputy Regional Officer Sawantaraj Dahal was inside the office premises. However, the police rescued Dahal.
Likewise, the demonstrators have also vandalised the Dhankuta session of the Biratnagar-based High Court. They have also vandalised a fire brigade vehicle and an ambulance.
Meanwhile, security personnel have been deployed to take the situation under control. With reports of several incidents of clashes between protesters and police at various places in Dhankuta, the situation seems far from control.
Published: 18-01-2018 12:23