Tension ran high in Mamaling of Sankhuwasabha district on Wednesday as locals clashed with police over the proposed centre of Dharmadevi Municipality.
Security personnel had to fire nine bullets in air and lob tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. A police constable also sustained injuries when he was hit by a stone thrown by protesters. The district-level technical committee of the Local Level Restructuring Committee (LLRC) has proposed Mudhe of Tamaphok as the centre of Dharmadevi Municipality. Locals of Mamaling, however, have been protesting since Monday demanding that Jautar of Mamaling be made the centre of the municipality.
“We have been forced to take to the streets as the technical committee and representatives of major political parties have recommended Mudhe of Tamaphok as the centre of the municipality,” said Udaya Poudel of Mamaling. Protesting locals had vandalised two passenger buses in Mamling which resulted in the clash. According to locals, 15 protesters were injured in the clash.
As the LLRC in the Capital continues to struggle to finish its task, such protests do not bode well for the entire restructuring process.
Technical committees’ reports and proposals have sparked protests in other districts as well. Protests have continued in Okhaldhunga for the past one week.
स्थानीय निकाय पुनसंरचना गर्दा संखुवासभाको मामलिङ, आँखीभूइ र तामाफोकका लागि प्रस्तावित धर्मदेवी नगरपालिकाको केन्द्रको विषयमा विवाद भएपछि प्रहरी र स्थानीयबीच केहीबेर अघि झडप भएको छ ।
नगरपालिकाको केन्द्र मामलिङको अरुण प्रवेशमार्गमा राख्न माग गर्दे आन्दोलनमा उत्रिएका स्थानीयलाई प्रहरीले लाठीचार्ज गरेपछि तनाव भएको थियो । स्थिति नियन्त्रणमा लिन प्रहरीले ४ राउण्ड अश्रुग्यास प्रहार गरेको छ । ससस्त्र प्रहरीले ९ राउण्ड हवाई फायरीङ गरेको छ । आन्दोलनकारीको ढुंगाले लागेर प्रहरी जवान लक्षण बस्नेत घाइते भएका छन् ।
आन्दोलनमा उत्रिएका स्थानीयले धरानबाट आउँदै गरेको यात्रुबहाक बसलाई ढुंगाले हानेर सिसा फुटाएपछि प्रहरी र उनीहरुबीच भिडन्त भएको थियो ।
प्रहरीको लाठी प्रहारबाट नारायण लिंखा, सीताराम भण्डारी, यदुनाथ नेपाल, सुभाष पौडेल, किरण राई लगायत १५ जना घाइते भएको स्थानीयवासिन्दाले बताएका छन् ।