HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
RAJBIRAJ: Locals protesting the authorities’ apathy towards their demands that the terror unleashed by wild tuskers in the villages be addressed today clashed with police at Barmajhiya in Saptari along the east-west highway.
The clash flared up when police intervened while the villagers were staging demonstrations and halting vehicular movement along the highway to press the authorities to address their demands. Seven demonstrators and four police personnel were injured in the clash.
Earlier, the locals had lodged their complaint with authorities saying that wild elephants from the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve often went on the rampage and destroyed houses and property in the villages.
Irate locals had organised chakkajam after nine elephants from the wildlife reserve destroyed more than 30 houses at Barmajhiya, Badagama, Kanchanpur, Jagatpur among other places.
Raju Yadav, a local, said that Mohammod Rasun Miya, Sharmila Sah, Pramila Gupta, Sahida Khatun, Marium Khatun, Meharum Khatun, among others, have been injured in the clash. “We had informed the police authority for security just after the tuskers started to get into the village,” he said. “But we were forced to take to the streets as the authorities did not pay heed to our concerns.”
Inspector Dipak Kumar Karki of Kanchanpur Area Police Office said that police had to intervene after the demonstrators started attacking public vehicles. SI Shankar Chaudhary, ASI duo Hari Kumar Subedi and Rabindra Magar and Head Constable Parmananda Yadav have been injured, said Inspector Karki.