RASUWA, August 15: At least eight police personnel including two Inspectors sustained injuries in a scuffle between the police and Gatlang residents at Thambuchet in northern Rasuwa.
The clash took place on Sunday between the security personnel and residents of Gatlang who have been agitating demanding shares of hydropower as the project's most affected population.
The scuffle occurred when irate protestors attempted to vandalize a vehicle belonging to the hydropower project and its office infrastructures.
The injured include a Police Inspector and three police personnel of the Nepal Police and an Inspector and equal number of security personnel of the Armed Police Force.
Locals have accused the management and board of the Sanjen Hydropower Company of inviting clashes with security personnel for not addressing their genuine demands.
According to the Company sources, the unruly mob had entered into the project office and vandalized Thambuchet-based office, a tipper, six hilux vehicles, two loaders, six motorbikes and furniture.
The joint team of Nepal Police and APF had opened tear gas and blank fires to bring the situation under control.
According to the preliminary assessment, physical property worth amounting to Rs 7.5 million was destroyed in the incident. Calculation of the loss and damage is still underway, according to Spokesperson at District Police Office, Rasuwa, Bishnu Pradeep Basyal.
Five locals were arrested in the course of bringing the situation under control.