Monday, May 23, 2011

Nepal: Upper Karnali hydel office torched; two injured

Upper Karnali hydel office torched; two injured
Prakash Adhikari
eKantipur, 2011-05-22 08:54

MAY 22 - Locals have vandalised and torched the Upper Karnali Hydropower
Project office based in Patladanda, Dailekh district on Sunday, claiming
that the project was being constructed against the benefit of locals.

Security guards Narbahadur Bohora and Roya Bista were injured while
trying to save some objects.

According to Nepal Army's Radashardul Battalion based in the district
headquarters, all the three buildings of the project have been
completely damaged in the incident. Three staffers of the project have
gone out of contact.

The irate locals who came in a group of 50 to 60 torched the buildings
after vandalism and fled the scene.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Dipak Basnet, separate
police teams from Dullu Area Police Office and Dailekh District Police
Office have been sent to the incident site.

Earlier, cadres of the UCPN (Maoist), Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party and
Janamorcha Nepal had resorted to vandalism at an interaction organised
by the project construction company, GMR, in Dailekh Bazaar, the
headquarters of Dailekh.

However, Maoist district in-charge Thir Bahadur Karki denied his party's
involvement in the incident.

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