OLDER ARTICLE FROM 23 FEB 2015! The protesters on Sunday vandalised an ambulance at Simara Chowk, injuring the patient it was carrying, including his attendant and driver, while 20 people, including eight security personnel, were injured in sporadic clashes elsewhere.
BEFORE YOU PROCEED TO READ, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS ARTICLE DEALS WITH A SITUATION HAPPENING ON THE 23 FEBRUARY, 2015, NOT NOW! FOR CURRENT SITUATION PLEASE REFER TO NEWER ARTICLES.
Watch the video about the “peace” brought by the ‘Buddha Boy’ to his very birth District, Bara: here (read my comment below the articles later *): http://songsnepali.co/shimara-became-battle-field-after-clash-between-police-and-protest/
Updates on the situation:
23 injured as Simara simmers after protests
LAXMI SAHBHUSHAN YADAV
Protestors attack an ambulance at Simara Chowk, injuring a diabetes patient and two others.
BARA, FEB 23 – Violence has flared up during the week-long protest against the government move to roll back its decision to shift Land Revenue, Land Survey and Mapping offices to Simara.
The protesters on Sunday vandalised an ambulance at Simara Chowk, injuring the patient it was carrying, including his attendant and driver, while 20 people, including eight security personnel, were injured in sporadic clashes elsewhere. …
The local people, business community and activists of various political parties have been protesting against the government move to roll back its decision to shift the offices to Simara following vehement protests in Kalaiya. They demanded to shift the office at the earliest as per the government’s earlier decision.
The nasty clash erupted when police tried to break up the mob that had gathered for a corner meet after obstructing transportation along Pathalaiya-Birgunj road stretch. Police resorted to baton charge and lobbed 100 tear gas canisters to contain the situation. The protesters claimed police used excessive force to clamp down on their ‘peaceful’ protest.
“The government tried to suppress the movement by using force, rather than addressing our demands. We were bludgeoned while seeking our rights to get prompt government services,” said Krishna Poudel, one of the injured protesters. Two seriously injured protesters are currently receiving treatment in Birgunj. The continuous protest has thrown normal life out of gear in Simara.
Highway declared restricted zone
Simara protests continue, clashes reported
BARA, FEB 23 – As violence escalated in Simara and its neighbouring areas, the local administration has declared the highway along the region a prohibited zone until further notice on Monday.
The administration has declared 200 metres on either side of Amlekhgunj-Dhansar Khola section of the East-West Highway and Pathlaiya to Jitpur road section of the Tribhuvan Highway as prohibited zone.
Chief District Administrator Bal Krishna Panthi informed that only vehicular movement will be allowed and any other activities like holding meetings, conferences and gatherings are strictly restricted in the prohibited zone.
Meanwhile, the protesters converged on the streets by breaching the declaration of prohibited zone. The locals of Simara have been holding protests since the past nine days against the government move to roll back its decision to shift Land Revenue, Land Survey and Mapping offices to Simara.
Clashes took place between the protesters and the police after the latter used force to control the protests Both sides pelted stones at each other. The police have fired several rounds of tear gas.
Injuries on both sides have been reported.
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HALKHORIA TIMES COMMENT:
Why did Kalaiya win and why is Simara pushed back with greater force?
The logic behind this is this: as all the District Headquarters are still placed in Kalaiya, the central police force is Kalaiyan as well. It is just understandable that the very same policemen who reside in Kalaiya and the very same police leaders who have offices there, would deploy much bigger force to subdue the Simara protests then they were deploying when subduing the Kalaiya protests before it. In my opinion, if the Katmandu Government central cared about being independent, they should have sent police forces from Kathmandu to tackle the protests in both cases, otherwise there is a visible danger of biased handling of the Kalaiya and Simara protests. This would maybe not matter so much if the very topic of the protests was not a fight about the “piece of cake” of District Offices, if to keep them in Kalaiay or partially shift to Simara. Yet because by this very reason of the protests a police force with a headquarters in Bara District cannot be considered as totally independent (because among others, their positions are also endangered by the Simara protests), a wise Government would have deployed independent police and army.
This is a very great mistake, to send on the Simarans the Kalaiya-led police forces, as they might have been already angered with the Kalaiayans in the first place. Poor policemen and policewomen also became by this targets of a special aggressivity, because they are symbolizing for the Simrans the Kalaiyan “rule” above them.
I am very sad that the Central Government did not think this over, and leaves the protesters to “solve it among themselves”, as it seems from watching the news. If anyone is reading this, I very strongly wish that the central government takes this issue more seriously than it seems, and does not support the even bigger gap and enmity between the two “Bara kingdoms”, Kalaiya and Simara. do not involve Kalaiya-led police forces to tackle the Simran protests, but send police from other, not Madeshi districts, because the Simarans are simply feeling discriminated and subdued by Kalaiya: and this is what made them go overboard. Especially alarming is the amount and type of injuries on human beings, which could have been avoided if there was an intelligent advisor to the decision-maker leaders in Kathmandu. I hope that man whose finger had been broken away, and the poor diabetic having sustained wounds will be treated well and somewhat recover.
Let them be in peace again, but peace when noone would feel subjugated to another’s rule!