Four Dead in Rupandehi Following Clash between Police and Squatters
Following the clash between the police personnel and squatters at Motipur Industrial Area, four have been killed by the firing of the police.
According to Sushil Gurung, the Information Officer of Universal College of Medical Science, Bhairahawa, three of them died while being taken to the hospital for treatment and one died during the treatment.
Among those dead, three have not been identified and one who died during the treatment has been identified as Ramesh Pariyar, 48, of Bandganga Municipality-10, Kapilbastu.
Deceased Pariyar died due to excessive loss of blood. He was shot in the chest.
Krishna Thapa, a local informed that about three dozen rounds of air firing were reported during the clash between the security personnel and the protestors who had occupied the industrial corridor. More than 50 people were injured when police opened fire to disperse the crowd.
Among the injured, forty-one of them are undergoing treatment at Lumbini Provincial Hospital, Butwal of which 17 are from the police and 24 are protesters.
Dr. Indra Dhakal told INSEC that three of them have been referred to Bhairahawa Medical College (UCMS) and others are getting their treatment at the emergency ward of Lumbini Provincial Hospital, Butwal.
Among those who were injured in the clash, 13 were admitted to UCMS, Bhairahawa for treatment out of which five are from the police and eight are protestors, informed Information Officer Sushil Gurung .
There was a scuffle between the locals and the police when the police tried to demolish the temporary tents of the squatter. The Motipur area was in a stressful state throughout the day due to the clash.
The security personnel had been demolishing the houses since the morning of October 10. The Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force were deployed in the area and the locals who came to ‘occupy’ the land were also high in number.
Chief District Officer Rishi Ram Tiwari said that a tense situation had arisen when the locals tried to remove them from the occupied industrial area’s land and they had to open fire. However, locals said that the administration had committed atrocities by ordering to blindly fire in the area.
The local administration has imposed a curfew to normalize the situation after the clash at Motipur Industrial Area in Rupandehi.
District Administration Office, Rupendehi has issued a curfew order after the clash. A curfew has been imposed by the District Administration Office on October 10 with effect from 4 pm around Tinau River in the east, agriculture lands of Hariharpur in the west, Shivanagar Raniganj settlement in the north and land of Butwal Sub-metropolitan-18 Industrial Corridor in the south.
Before this, around April, protest had arisen on the foundation stone laying program at the industrial area.
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