Protests continue against proposed federal set-up

- MOTILAL POUDEL, SURKHET

Aug 12, 2015-

At least 12 people were injured on Tuesday when police opened fire at the protesters who descended on the streets, for the second consecutive day, demanding that the districts in the mid-western region should not be divided while adopting federal setup.

One Bal Bahadur Mahatara of Latikoili sustained bullet injuries in police firing at Mangalgadhichok. Security personnel had lobbed teargas canisters and later opened fire at protesters who were hurling stones. 

The Saturday’s agreement among the four major parties to federate the country into six provinces has angered many people in Surkhet and elsewhere in the country.

Two persons had succumbed to bullet injuries on Monday when police opened fire at protesters in Surkhet. 

Chief District Officer Baldev Gautam said the security personnel were 

compelled to fire warning shots in the air to bring the situation under control after the protesters went berserk. Six protesters were detained.

To avoid untoward incidents, the local administration had declared the area between Eye Hospital to Shankarchok as restricted zone. 

The protest on Monday had turned violent. The uncontrolled mob had vandalised government offices, houses of local politicians and offices of various political parties. 

 Protests also continued in other districts of Bheri and Karnali zones on Tuesday, demanding a separate state. In Jumla, locals continued their banda for the third consecutive day, demanding separate Karnali state. 

Police fired 18 rounds of bullet to contain the situation. One Raj Bahadur Mahat was injured during the protest. Protesters also ransacked the offices of Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist). 

Demonstrations and protests against the proposed six-state federal model also continued in Rukum, Kalikot, Salyan, Jajarkot, Mugu and Dolpa districts. 

Tharu community protest.

DHANGADI: Normal life in Kailali district was affected due to the protest of Tharu community on Tuesday. Business activities and transportation service were severely affected. People from the Tharu community staged a protest rally in Dhangadi,  demanding a separate Tharuhat state. Tharu community in Banke and Bardiya districts have also started protests for Tharuhat state. The Tharu community in  Bardiya has enforced an indefininte banda from Tuesday. The Tharu people in Banke, meanwhile, staged a rally for a separate state.

Madhes parties stage demo

BHARATPUR: Madhes-based parties staged demonstration in some central Tarai districts, including Rautahat and Sarlahi, to protest against the proposed six-state federal setup. Our correspondent from Sarlahi said that Samyukta Madhesi Loktantrik Morcha took out a protest rally in the district. Meanwhile, locals in Nawalparasi continued the banda on Tuesday to protest the division of the district. 

Dissatisfaction among MJF-L leaders

BHAIRAHAWA: The Central Committee leaders of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L) expressed dissatisfaction over party Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar for signing the agreement with the leaders of three major parties to federate the country into six states. Speaking at a press conference at Bhairahawa on Tuesday, MJF-L central leaders  like Devi Prasad Chaudhary, Laxman Tharu, Abdul Okil Musalman, Basisthamani Tripathi accused Gachhadar of betraying the party and the people of Madhes. They said that Gachhadar will be alone if he did not mend his mistakes.

 

Published: 12-08-2015 11:25

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