Tensed Kalikot under curfew again


KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The indefinite curfew which was lifted for two hours from 8 am to 10 am today morning in Manma, district headquarter of Kalikot, has been imposed again.

The Kalikot District Administration Office clamped an indefinite curfew since 4:30 pm on Saturday afternoon in order to maintain peace and order after the locals intensified the protest following the death of a Maydi (temporary) police on Friday. Bibek Aidi, 20 of Raskot Municipality-2 was shot in his head by security personnel during a clash between protestors and police force.

Chief District Officer, Badrinath Gaire, said that the curfew has been imposed again as there was no sign of the tense situation coming under control. The clampdown will remain effective until the situation becomes normal again, he added.

Meanwhile, a discussion was underway at the DAO among the victim side, civil society, political parties and the DAO itself to resolve the matter, said Gaire.

The tension had broken out after the police started baton charging and lobbing tear gas shells toward the temporary cops who were picketing the District Police Office expressing disappointment over their pay cuts.

The protestors have demanded Aidi be declared martyrs. The government has already formed a probe committee under the leadership of Ministry of Home Affairs Joint-Secretary, Man Bahadur BK into the alleged irregularities in the salary and decided to provide Rs 1 million ex-gratia to the family.