October 22, 2019 03:43 PM NPT
BAITADI, Oct 22: Eight people were injured, two of them seriously, when the bulldozer driver attacked them with the bucket of the vehicle in course of a dispute regarding the construction of the road.
Gaura Joshi and Suresh Prasad Joshi have sustained serious injuries due to the assault. The incident happened at Gwallek of Dasharath Chand municipality-9 when a dispute broke out over the construction of a bumpy road. In a fit of rage, the bulldozer driver hit some people with the 'bucket' of the bulldozer.
A viral video on social media shows the driver is being seen attacking Gaura with the bulldozer bucket. Those seriously injured in the incident were taken to the District Hospital Baitadi for treatment. The District Hospital referred them to Kohalpur Hospital in Banke after they could not be treated there, chief of the District Police Office Baitadi, Deputy Superintendent Dilli Narayan Pandey, said.
One group of people was in favour of the construction of the road from Sunnakhan to Parsa while the next group opposed it. Hansraj Joshi, a local resident, said that the party constructing the road forcibly operated the bulldozer on their land even though they were trying to reach an understanding on the issue. According to him, the land on which one side tried to construct the road is a Guthi land (land belonging to a religious trust).
Joshi said since the plot was a Guthi land, they proposed to first forge a consensus among all the locals before going ahead with the road construction but the side supporting the construction tried to push through.
Another local, Durga Datta Joshi, said there was a dispute regarding the construction of the road and the situation took a nasty turn. The clash between the two sides erupted after Gaura Joshi was shoved by the bulldozer bucket.
However, Keshab Datta Joshi, chairman of the road construction committee, said that the clash broke out after the side opposing the road construction suddenly started pelting stones at the bulldozer.
Chief District Officer of Baitadi Ananda Poudel said that the dispute would be settled through negotiation with the disputing parties. Meanwhile, police have arrested Kishor Bohara, the bulldozer driver who shoved a local woman with the bucket of the bulldozer amidst the dispute over construction of a rural road.
As the video relating to the incident went viral on social media, the local police arrested the driver who is a local resident of Dehimandau, Dasharath Chand Municipality-2. Police said they have detained three more people in connection with the incident. Police investigation is on in this regard, it is stated.