October 13, 2018 04:30 AM NPT
By: Janak KC
Local administration tighten security
JAJARKOT, Oct 13: With the increase in the flow of people visiting their hometowns from outside of the district and country, the villages and markets of Jajarkot have become lively. Those who live away from their loved ones for education, job, and other purposes have started arriving at their villages adding to the Dashain fervor.
Especially the workers returning from India and students living in Surkhet, Nepalgunj, and Kathmandu have made the district vivacious. Putting aside all their important works, they have come home to receive Tika and blessings from their elders. This has ultimately increased the number of vehicles plying the roads leading to heavy traffic congestion. Inspector Indrajit Sunar, acting chief of the District Police Office, Jajarkot, informed Republica that the outflow of people has increased massively since Ghatasthapana, the first day of Dashain.
There is transportation service for people living in the district headquarters Khalanga Bazaar, Thalahabazaar of the west, Tallubagar of East and Panchkatiya of the north. However, the locals living in other parts and villages have to walk on foot from the headquarters as their villages have no road connectivity. Lack of road access in the villages of Warekot, Junichande and Kushe Rural Municipalities and Nalgad Municipality compels the locals to go through great hassles while returning home during festivals.
Meanwhile, the local administration has tightened security ahead of festivals. Chief District Officer (CDO) Lalit Kumar Basnet said that the number of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force personnel has been increased in various parts of the market for patrolling. Likewise, hotels, public vehicles will be strictly monitored during this time, he said.
According to CDO Basnet, security personnel in uniform and plain clothes will be providing 24-hour service to ensure security. With this, the production of homemade liquor has been banned and stern action will be taken against hotels and shops opening after 10 pm. Security has been beefed up especially in Thanti, Thaple, Gairikhali, Ranagaun, Bahundanda, and Shantichautara of the district headquarters.
The cases of gambling, excessive drinking, theft, and robbery are extremely high during festivals. So, civil society leader Rajendra Bikram Sah stressed that authorities entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring security must adopt some measures to curb such incidents. He says that various kinds of preparations must be done to avoid such incidents.
Caption: Locals queuing up in Gairikahli to go to Paink of Kushe Rural Municipality to celebrate Dashain