The Battle between Kalaiya and Simara

OLDER ARTICLE FROM 20 FEB 2015! Locals in Simara obstructed transport along the Birgunj-Pathlaiya road section resulting in complete halt of vehical movement plying through the East-West Mahendra Highway.There is a tense atmosphere in Simara at present…

Featured image: Image TV Channel snapshot of Simara protests

BEFORE YOU PROCEED TO READ, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS ARTICLE DEALS WITH A SITUATION HAPPENING ON THE 20 FEBRUARY, 2015, NOT NOW! FOR CURRENT SITUATION PLEASE REFER TO NEWER ARTICLES.

Situation:

Simara in peace with a bitter score

Simra boiling while Kalaiya winning

Kaliaya situation before

(Comment at the bottom of page)

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Image: and important highway of Nepal running from Kathmandu, Hetauda, through Simra to Birganj and the Indian border.  Snapshot from a View of Simara video .

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION:

Simara boiling while Kalaiya winning

Kalaiya protests ealier

Protests intensify in Simara
Ekantipur Report
BARA, FEB 20 – Protesters obstructed transport from early morning in Simara against the government’s decision to postpone the shift the land revenue and land survey offices to Simara.
Earlier, Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers had decided to postpone the government’s decision to shift the land revenue and land survey offices from Kalaiya to Simara following week long protests led by the Bara Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A section of the business community in Simara has taken to street protesting against the government’s withdrawal of its earlier decision since the past six days. They have questioned the government’s decision demanding the implementation of the earlier decision.
Posted on: 2015-02-20 12:13

Watch video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQwUI0QH_Fg (Simra ma Tanab)

Simra view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dTDSWD20is (Hotel Samyak – Simra Nepal by Ajay Tuladhar)

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Image: view of Simara – video snapshot 

Stir against withdrawal of service centres
Added At: 2015-02-17 8:25 AM Last Updated At: 2015-02-17 8:25 AM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BIRGUNJ: Normalcy has returned to Bara district headquarters Kalaiya after the government withdrew the decision to set up Land Revenue and Land Survey service centres in Simara.
Earlier, Kalaiya had grown restive after authorities decided to put up Land Revenue and Land Survey service centres in Simara. With the withdrawal of the decision yesterday, demonstrations of the past five days have came to a halt in Kalaiya and bazaars have opened from today.
Elsewhere, Simara folks, however, have been agitated with the withdrawal of the government decision. To intensify the agitation, a concern committee was formed yesterday itself.
The agitators today morning also submitted a memorandum to the Area Police Office of Simara, demanding that the authorities make good on its earlier promise to set up the centres in Simara.
Meanwhile, the agitators in Simara today organised a two-hour chakkajam to press their demand from 1:00 pm. Similarly, tomorrow the chakkajam will last from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm while the same will be organised from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday.
According to committee member Krishna Poudel, there will be indefinite strike and chakkajam from February 19. “The agitation will continue until the service centres are set up here,” Poudel said.

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Image: one of the oldest Nepali airports is in Simara (Simra)

Govt halts opening new offices in Simara

Added At: 2015-02-15 3:46 PM Last Updated At: 2015-02-15 4:20 PM

The Himalayan Times

Office clarified that the government was not shifting Kalaiya-based offices to Simara‚ but establishing new offices so as to provide members of the public quick and quality government services. KATHMANDU: The government withdrew its decision to establish land revenue and land survey offices in Simara of Bara district, after locals of Kalaiya protested the move. Issuing a press statement today, Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) Shantaraj Subedi said the decision was put on hold for time being considering recent developments in Kalaiya, district headquarters of Bara.

For last one week, locals of Kalaiya have been protesting the government decision shutting down all offices, academic institutions and transportation vehicles in the town.

‘No shift, but new offices’

Meanwhile, the Office clarified that the government was not shifting Kalaiya-based offices to Simara, but establishing new offices so as to provide members of the public quick and quality government services. The government on October 16 had decided to establish land revenue and land survey offices at various parts of the nation including Simara.

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Image: the Pathlaiya Junction with roads leading to Hetauda (Kathmandu), Simara (Birganj) and Nijgadh (Piluwa and Halkhoria). The monument with Cyrillic writing on it was raised by Russian technologists who had built the asphalt road tens of years ago, which had been already damaged from those Communist times and needed reparation…

Protests intensify in Simara

Ekantipur Report
BARA, FEB 20 – Protesters obstructed transportation from early morning in Simara against the government’s decision to postpone the shift the land revenue and land survey offices to Simara.
Earlier, the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers had decided to postpone the government’s decision to shift the land revenue and land survey offices from Kalaiya to Simara following week long protests led by the Bara Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A section of the business community in Simara has taken to street protesting against the government’s withdrawal of its earlier decision since the past six days. They have questioned the government’s decision demanding the implementation of the earlier decision.
The locals at Simara obstructed transportation along the Birgunj-Pathlaiya road section resulting in complete halt of vehicular movement plying through the East-West Mahendra Highway.
There is a tense atmosphere in Simara at present.
Posted on: 2015-02-20 12:13

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Image: View of Simara – snapshot from video

Kalaiya normal, protests erupt in Simara
Post Report
BARA, FEB 16 – Life gradually returned to normalcy in Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara, after protesters called off their indefinite strike on Sunday. The agitators withdrew their protest after the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers decided to postpone the government’s decision to shift the land revenue and land survey offices to Simara. The Bara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who led the protest that crippled Kalaiya for past one week, organised a press meet on Sunday morning and announced the withdrawal of the protest after Ministry of Land Reform and Management sent a letter saying that the government’s decision to shift the offices was put on hold. However, various political parties continued the protest asking that the Office of Prime Minister send another letter over the matter.
The business community, activists of various political parties and locals together led the protests. The protest turned violent in the past few days with sporadic clashes and vandalism.
Meanwhile, a section of the business community in Simara took to the street protesting the government’s withdrawal of its earlier decision. They obstructed transportation for one and half hours demanding that the offices be shifted to Simara.
Posted on: 2015-02-16 10:14

Earlier protests in Kalaiya and Inaruwa  (Itahari) and Rautahat .

More in the news:

http://thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=NHRC+urges+govt+for+dialogues+over+Bara+tension&NewsID=444805

http://thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Kalaiya+agitation+takes+ugly+turn&NewsID=444627

http://thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Protestors+torch+three+national+dailies+in+Bara&NewsID=444469

http://www.reviewnepal.com/full-story.php?news_id=1668 

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Image: Simara’s Buddhist Monastery (Gumpa) Photo: 2011

The reasons of the unrest in Bara (The Halkhoria Times):

As I pointed out in the previous article describing the battle in Kalaiya , to have a Land Revenue Office is a prestigious thing to have in one’s town. A rather extreme example (though I do not claim this is the case with Kalaiya, of course) had been shown in Kaski in the article Land Revenue Official held with Bribe .

The current situation with Bara is far from ideal, and maybe it really needs some reorganization and “fresh air”: speaking with locals one can learn that here are running also the traditional smuggling routes from India, leading from Birganj and crossing at night in roads of the villages surrounding Simara and Hetauda which is the reason of the many police checkpoints in the area. Yet Bara’s Terai towns and villages stay undeveloped, for example in Simra, where is still no quality asphalt road in the middle of the town (which, paradoxically, hosts an airport) and the money which should reach the nation and locals, often ends up in self-styled local kings’ purses. Bara District has been “rewarded” by Amnesty International as a district with the highest amount of cases of impunity.

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Image: Simra Chowk – the main Simara Junction and Sequare, where all buses stop and where Krishna Lama’s legendary ‘Lama Hotel’ stands. Photo: 2011

In connection to the main topic of this website: it also happened during the rule of Kalaiya headquarters that the very controversial Buddha Boy could continue in his residence and violent activity in the Halkhoria Jungle for years, and he and his assistants in the attacks had been never prosecuted, though numerous police reports had been filed against them. Yet at the local area’s inhabitant’s request, from time to time, the police and local politicians manage to oust the brutal group of Bomjon, and return peace and security to the Halkhoria Jungle – a half-an-hour drive from Simara. Would this situation be the same, in case some District offices or even the Headquarter moved to Simara, where people are directly terrorized by Bomjon and his group, when he is there, and must live in his vicinity – unlike the faraway Kalaiyan officers?

For moving some important District offices to Simara speaks the pluralist atmosphere there: a progressive community of different castes in and around Simara exists from people involved with Simra’s industries, businesses and schools. The inhabitants of Simra more healthily presenting the various ethnic groups of Nepal (Bahun, Tamang, Chetri, Magar, Sunar etc.), while Kalaiya is rather based on a single ethnic group.

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Image: Spotted deer in the small Zoo of Simara’s Forest Office/ 

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