Protesters torch govt offices in Jumla

Protesters torch govt offices in Jumla

Irate protesters set fire to various government offices in Jumla on Monday during their demonstration demanding a separate Karnali state with special rights.

Nepal Army has started patrolling the streets after the agitators torched postal office, district court and agriculture research centre in the district.

The protest in the district entered into the ninth day on Monday against the proposed new federal set-up where Jumla would be inducted in Far-western region.

Six people were injured in police baton-charge when the protestors defied curfew order and took out a rally at old Buspark area and burnt tyres. Police also fired three shots in the air to disperse the agitators. However, the protestors are trying to march ahead to Khalanga bazaar despite police warnings.

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Leaders accuse police of target ing protesters

Local leaders in the district have accused the police of target ing demonstrators while firing bullets during Sunday’s protest.

Leaders from 11 political parties, in a joint press statement, have urged the government to probe the matter seeking appropriate action against the Chief Distrct Administrator and district Police Chief who ordered the shooting .

Meanwhile, the Jumla District Administration Office has issued a shooting order against anyone defying the curfew. The DAO has issued a public notice urging everyone to remain indoors.

The indefinite banda calling for an autonomous Karnali state with special rights has entered ninth day on Monday with an indefinite curfew order clamped by the Jumla District Administration Office on.

Source: eKantipur