Kantipur vehicle torched in Bara
Feb 13, 2015-A group of cadres close to the Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML and Madhes-based parties, led by the Bara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Friday torched a vehicle of Kantipur Publications at Kalaiya Bazaar in Bara district, saying that it did not prioritise the news on their protest.
The vehicle (Na 1 Cha 4336) that ferrying newspapers from Bharatpur, Chitwan,
was torched as police watched. The protesters stopped the vehicle at Kalaiya Bazaar, scanned Friday’s edition of the Kantipur daily, and resorted to vandalism upon seeing that the newspaper had not printed the news on their protest on the front page.
“A group of about 15 people started vandalising the vehicle soon after I pulled over and unloaded the newspapers,” Hiralal Rumba, the Kantipur driver, said. “They soon set the truck on fire in front of the police.”
The Bara Chamber has been protesting for the past five days against the government’s move to shift the land revenue, land survey, and land reforms offices to Simara.
On Thursday, the protesters had set fire to hundreds of copies of Kantipur, Nagarik, Annapurna Post and Naya Patrika dailies.
The Kantipur Media Group (KMG) also condemned the incident and demanded investigation into the matter.
Ujir Magar, the general secretary of Federation of Nepali Journalist who was in Bara to attend a programme, said the incident was premeditated. “The officials of Bara Chamber themselves had threatened to torch the vehicle a few days ago,” he said. “This is purely a criminal act. We demand stern action against the culprit.”
Federation of Nepali Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI), however, expressed ignorance about the incident.
“I had no idea about the incident. It is not good if the vehicle was set on fire,” said FNCCI President Pradeep Jung Pandey.
Suraj Vaidya, senior vice-president of Saarc Chamber of Commerce and former FNNCI president, said the incident has defamed entire private sector. “The FNCCI should immediately investigate into the matter and take proper steps accordingly,” he said.
Meanwhile, Binod Sah, the president of Bara Chamber, said the incident was perpetrated by ‘infiltrators’, claiming that their institution had no role in it.
Sah, however, said that the incident transpired after “the media became the target because it did not carry the voice of the protesters.”
Superintendent of Police Lokendra Bahadur Malla said they have identified the persons responsible in the incident, though no arrests were made as of Friday evening.
Kalaiya protest turns violent
BARA: Kalaiya remained tense throughout Friday due to clashes between the members of the Bara Chamber of Commerce and Industry and security personnel. At least 30 people were injured on both sides.
The fighting escalated when police tried to stop the protesters from vandalising offices of the political parties. Police fired several rounds of teargas shells and at least three rounds of rubber bullets to contain the situation.” The clashes erupted when police tried to take control of the situation,”said DSP Rabindra Regmi. Life in Kalaiya has been affected due to the protest launched by the Bara Chamber against the government’s decision to relocate land administration offices.
The protest began five days ago. Vehicles remained off the road while local residents were unable to buy daily essentials as markets and business establishments are shut. (PR)
Published: 14-02-2015 09:18