UDAYAPUR, August 25: Locals from Triyuga Municipality, Bhulke were thrashed by some soldiers of the No. 18 Brigade of Nepal Army on Tuesday. Two women and a man were injured in the attack when they had gone to collect fodder for their livestock.
According to the injured, they were attacked when they were returning home after collecting fodder at 5PM in the evening. While Mohammad Israil, 55, is severely injured, Retun Khatun, 24, and Manju Khatun, 34, sustained minor injuries. After getting the first aid at Community Snake Bite Treatment Center, Israil was referred to the District Hospital Udaypur. However, the women with minor injuries returned home after treatment.
According to Dhorai Mia, a 70-year-old local, the soldiers had beaten them when they were collecting fodder in the forest. He told Republica that the soldiers attacked nine women and one man and even took their sickles and axes that were used to cut the grass. “There was only one man in the group. While he suggested the army not to fight, he was kicked by the army with their boots on,” Mia complained.
Another local, Yadu Prasad Dhakal said that after the soldiers laid siege to the locals' forest, there was frequent dispute among locals and army. Dhakal said that even though the locals had gathered to fight against the army’s atrocities on Tuesday night, they agreed to resolve the matter through talks as the risk of COVID-19 and the controversy would not benefit anyone.