Police employ force to evict squatters from public land, resulting in the deaths of four people.


On Sunday, a conflict erupted between police and squatters who were attempting to grab public land in Motipur Industrial Area in Butwal Sub-Metropolitan City-17 and 18 in Rupandehi district. Four persons were killed.

According to Sushil Gurung, public relations officer of University College Medical School (UCMS) in Bhairahawa, the identity of three of the four individuals could not be determined.

Among those whose identification was discovered was Ramesh Pariyar, a 48-year-old resident of Badganga Municipality-4 in Kapilvastu district who had been missing for several months.

Pariyar, who had been injured in clash, passed away while undergoing treatment. According to Gurung, three additional people died while being transported to the hospital. All four of them who died were members of the general public.

In hospitals, five police officers and four members of the general public were being treated for their injuries.

It was police who attempted to demolish the temporary structures and huts that had been constructed on the property that belonged to the industrial area.

Last week, a large number of temporary tents were constructed in Ukash sector of the Motipur Industrial Area. The police used force against the squatters because they refused to budge from their refusal to demolish their hastily constructed huts.

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When foundation stone for the industrial area in Motipur was in April of last year, locals demonstrated their displeasure. Squatters had encroached on more than 200 bighas of land, which they had not been granted.

District Administration Office in Rupandehi has imposed a curfew in Motipur in order to keep the volatile situation under control. Till further notice, the curfew order was in effect from 4:00 pm on Sunday until further notice.

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