Nepalese Police Evict 200 Landless Peasants
Posted by Ka Frank on December 17, 2009
My Republica, December 16, 2009
Police evict land-grabbers in Nawalparasi
CHITWAN: The police on Wednesday afternoon evicted Maoist supporters from the land owned by late congress leader Surya Bhakta Adhikari in Gaindakot of Nawalparasi. A group of 200 “landless people” led by Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Squatters´ Association and All Nepal Peasants Association had captured 72 ropanis of land registered in the name of Adhikari on Tuesday.
A team led by DSP Umesh Mainali from Area Police Office Kawasoti evicted the people, who had already begun to erect huts there. They had initially refused to leave as the police team reached the site early in the morning. At about 2 pm, the police notified the land-grabbers to evacuate the place or face the consequences. When they refused to leave the place and started shouting anti-government slogans, the police had to fire tear-gas shells and charge batons to force them out.
The Maoist supporters staged a chakkajam [traffic blockage] along the East-West Highway after being evicted by the police. They also vandalized a jeep belonging to Surkhet-Jumla Road Project. Meanwhile, they also tried to damage a motorcycle belonging to journalist Praveen Dutta. Joint in-charge of UCPN (Maoist) Nawalparasi Drona Babu Siwakoti said the “landless people” would be resettled in the same place soon. He claimed that late Adhikari, who was also a parliamentarian from Nepali Congress, had illegally registered a public land in his name.
However, his son Madan Bhakta denied the allegation and said the land was returned to them by the government 12 years ago after 36 years of confiscation by the then Panchayat regime.