DARCHULA: The flood of July washed away their properties and made them homeless but rather than putting balm on their wounds, the government took action against them while they were demanding relief package and arrange for their restoration at the earliest.
At least 8 people were injured in a clash between police and irate flood victims after the latter padlocked government offices demanding compensation in Darchula. The irate groups have said that they have resorted to protests after the government paid no heed to their demands.
After the clash took a violent shape, police fired two tear gas shells to take the situation under control. Prior to the clash that ensued, the protesters had also obstructed movement at a local suspension bridge between Darchula and India from 8 to 10 am. The protesters have also enforced a strike in the district’s market area, in objection to the police intervention in what they call ‘peaceful protests’.
Demonstrators including Man Bahadur and Lok Mani Thagunna were seriously injured in the clash with police, said secretary of Victims Struggle Committee Raghubir Thagunna. Even three months after we were displaced by the flood, the government has not provided us with due compensation, except 37,000 rupees, few kilos of rice and pulses, said a victim.
The June -17 flood had destroyed as many as 48 concrete houses including government-owned buildings, and displaced scores in Darchula. Rather than providing relief materials to the flood victims, the political parties tried to bar former monarch Gyanendra Shah from distributing relief materials.
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