Curfew at Gaur; protestor’s death flares up tension

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RAUTAHAT, APR 04 – Tension has escalated at the district headquarters Gaur following a death of a demonstrator who was crushed by an APF van on Friday night. Ram Ashish Thakur, 61, of Sabgadha, Gaur-10, died in course of treatment at Gaur Hospital on Saturday morning.

An APF van of Sarmajhuwa Base Camp had ran over Thakur at Sabgadha on Friday night while it was returning to its base. According to police, the van (Ba 1 Jha 733) hit Thakur while it was being pulled back after the demonstrators pelted stones at it.

In view of containing the violence, the local administration declared various areas as prohibited zone effective from 8 am today. The enraged locals, however, have defied the order and are staging demonstration demanding deceased Thakur be declared a Martyr and provide appropriate compensation to his family. The clash between the police and the agitating locals is underway.

It has been learnt that the security persons have beat up one Dipendra Yadav of Rajdevi FM who had reached the site to collect the news.

Police have resorted to rubber bullets and lobbed hundred rounds of tear gas shells to contain the situation. District Administration Office have enforced curfew from 2 pm today.

Meanwhile, the agitated locals have set on fire one police vehicle bearing number plate Na 2 Jha 582. Reports of clash between locals and police have been obtained from various parts of Gaur.

The protest led by Rautahat chapter of Federation of Nepali Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) has been demanding with the government to revoke its decision to establish branches of the District Land Revenue Office and the Survey Department Office in Chandranigahapur. The protest has entered fourth day today.

The death of Thakur has ignited the protest that was expected to settle after a letter was received from Prime Minister’s and Cabinet offices assuring that the decision to extend the offices has been annulled, said Chief District Officer, Madan Bhujel.