BIRGUNJ, Sept 25: A peace and amity march was organized in Birgunj following the emergence of a dispute between two communities in Malangawa in Sarlahi district in the course of immersing the idol of Lord Ganesh.
The march led by Birgunj Metropolitan City that started from Aadarshanagar in Birgunj was attended by people from various walks of life including representatives of local political parties, organizations, religious organizations, employees and intellectuals. Following the march, a team including Mayor Rajesh Man Singh reached the District Administration Office and handed a memorandum to the acting chief district officer Shiva Prasad Lamsal.
In a corner assembly after the march, lawmaker and Janata Samajwadi Party leader Pradip Yadav demanded the identification of those provoking social harmony and immediate action against them.
"Lately, some elements have become active to fulfill their vested interests by disrupting social harmony between the followers of different religions including Hindu and Islam. These elements have been staging various protests so as to increase conflict between communities and vandalizing shops and houses of various people. Such people should be identified immediately and brought to justice," he said.
Mayor Singh stressed the need for taking action immediately against those involved in the activities of disrupting social harmony and spreading ethnic conflict.
He urged all to come together to protect and promote unity, social and cultural harmony, and tolerance among all religions and communities while embracing the dignity of a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural state.
In the recent clash that took place between two communities, more than a dozen people including security personnel were injured. One of the injured, Rupesh Kumar Yadav of Malangwa Municipality-7 is said to be in serious condition. He is receiving treatment in Birgunj.