Illegal Occupation of Motipur Industrial Area

4 killed as police use force to evict squatters from public land

Published On: October 11, 2021 12:05 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BUTWAL, Oct 11: Four people were killed when a clash erupted between the police and squatters who tried to seize the public land at Motipur Industrial Area of Butwal Sub-Metropolitan City-17 and 18 in Rupandehi district on Sunday. 

According to public relation officer at the Teaching Hospital (UCMS) at Bhairahawa, Sushil Gurung, identities of 3 of 4 persons could not be ascertained. 

The one whose identity was established was Ramesh Pariyar of around 48 years from Badganga Municipality-4 in Kapilvastu district.

Pariyar, who was injured in the clash, died in the course of treatment. Three others died on the way to Hospital, said Gurung. All four deceased are the general public. 

Five police personnel and four members of the public were receiving treatment in the hospitals.                                               

Police had tried to dismantle the temporarily built structures and huts which were encroaching upon the land belonging to the industrial area. 

A huge number of temporary huts were built at Ukash area of Motipur Industrial Area last week. Police used the force while the squatters did not budge from their stance to remove their temporarily built huts. 

Locals had protested when a foundation stone was laid for the industrial area in Motipur last April. Over 200 bighas of land were being usurped by the landless squatters. 

District Administration Office, Rupandehi has enforced curfew order at Motipur to contain the tense situation. The curfew order was enforced from 4:00 pm Sunday until further notice.


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