BUTWAL, July 31: Local Development Officer (LDO) of Nawalparasi district, Yuvaraj Kattel has been transferred within five months of joining the office. He was becoming popular among the public for his strict action against land and mining mafia. His predecessor, LDO Jivlal Bhushal had been transferred within 35 days of assuming his office. It is said that a strong mafia-politicians connection is behind such early transfers.
A highly placed source revealed that LDO Kattel was transferred as he refused not to take action against those operating illegal crushers. “He wanted to take action against the illegally operating crushers and that became the reason behind his transfer,” the source said.
A crusher industry operator named Bishnu Karki has been accused of “using power to transfer the LDO”. Sources said that he has close links with top political leaders.
On July 14, a meeting coordinated by the chief district officer decided to monitor the activities and financial accounts of Karki's crusher industry. The meeting found that his industry's due amounted to Rs 19 million.
LDO Kattel had played a major role in passing the decision in the meeting. Soon, Kattel was transferred whereas no action has been taken against Karki.