HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Although the law enforcement agency claimed it had intensified security measures during New Year eve and New Year day, a person died after a violent scuffle broke out between two rival gangs on the outskirts of Kathmandu yesterday night.
Police said Nima Lama, 40, who was injured in the attack, died while undergoing treatment at TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj in the wee hours today. Lama had been beaten black and blue, and had suffered multiple injuries.
An investigator informed that two rival gangs had engaged in a scuffle under the influence of alcohol as they gathered to bid adieu to the year 2069 BS and welcome the New Year 2070 in Nanglebhare.
Four suspects — Pote Lama, 45, Jeevan Tamang, 48, Bel Bahadur Lama, 49, and Bhiman Tamang, 58, were arrested in connection with the incident.
Tension flared up in Nanglebhare following the violent scuffle. Police were sent to the incident site after local residents informed the law enforcement agency about it.
A police team deployed to the site had rescued Nima and rushed him to the hospital for treatment.
Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka had issued warning against any hooliganism and anti-social activity on the pretext of New Year celebrations.
Officials blamed the incident on a petty misunderstanding between neighbours and said they were tipped about the incident very late.
According to MPR, the death occurred despite the special security measures enforced to deter New Year revellers likely to seize this opportunity to disturb peace in the society.
More than 2,000 cops, both in uniform and civvies had fanned out to prevent any untoward incident during New Year celebrations.