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Locals staging a demonstration demanding action against the ‘killers’ of a child found dead on October 1, in Birtamod, Jhapa, on Friday, October 27, 2017. Photo: THT
Locals staging a demonstration demanding action against the ‘killers’ of a child found dead on October 1, in Birtamod, Jhapa, on Friday, October 27, 2017. Photo: THT

Unnecessary police suppression invites tension in Birtamod

By Our Reporter

Locals staging a demonstration demanding action against the ‘killers’ of a child found dead on October 1, in Birtamod, Jhapa, on Friday, October 27, 2017. Photo: THT
Locals staging a demonstration demanding action against the ‘killers’ of a child found dead on October 1, in Birtamod, Jhapa, on Friday, October 27, 2017. Photo: THT

Birtamod, the business centre in Jhapa, remained tense for four days beginning from Friday due to the wrong handling of a case by the police.
Public blamed DSP Raj Kumar Silwal for the violence in which a demonstrator was killed in a police firing and ten others were injured seriously.
One Rajesh Thapa of Arjundhara 11 was killed in the clash.
When police led by DSP Silwal used unnecessary force against a small group of people who were heading towards the police office Birtamod to protest against the killing of 11-year-old boy LaxamnShvakoti and the reluctance of the police to investigate into the murder, the peaceful protest turned violent.
The angry mob torched vehicles, vandalized police offices and shops causing damages worth millions of rupees. The local administration had to impose curfew for three days to bring the situation under control.
The local administration had to transfer DSP Silwal to quell the tension as people demanded action against him.
The case of Birtamod clearly suggested that impatient shown by police could invite more problems.
Due to the curfew business, schools and colleges of the area remained shut for four days.

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