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Eight injured in in Baitadai after locals clash over road construction

Kathmandu, October 22

Eight people were injured, two of them seriously, when an excavator driver attacked them in Baitadi on Monday.

Video from the incident went viral on social media on Tuesday a day after the incident took place in Gwallek of Dasharath Chand Municipality-9. According to locals, the excavator driver hit some people with the ‘bucket’ of the excavator following a dispute over the construction of a local road.

Hansaraj Joshi, a local, said that the party constructing the road forcibly operated the excavator on the land after failing to reach a compromise over the land, which belongs to a guthi. Hansaraj said that since the plot belonged to a guthi, they proposed that a consensus be forged among all the locals before going ahead with the road construction. However, the side supporting the construction tried to push ahead unilaterally.

On the other hand, Keshab Datta Joshi, president of the road construction committee, said that the clash broke out after the side opposing the road construction suddenly started pelting rocks at the excavator.

Police said eight people were injured in the incident. Those seriously injured were taken to the District Hospital Baitadi. The District Hospital referred them to the Kohalpur Hospital in Banke after they could not be treated there, Chief of the District Police Office Baitadi, Deputy Superintendent Dilli Narayan Pandey said.

 

Chief District Officer of Baitadi Ananda Poudel said that the dispute will be settled through discussions.

Meanwhile, police have arrested Kishor Bohara, the excavator operator. Police said they have detained three more people in connection with the incident.

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Published on October 22nd, Tuesday, 2019 4:59 PM


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