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Simara protest called off

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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After nearly a week of violent protests, life is returning to normalcy in Simara, the second biggest town of Bara district.

Unlike in the last two days, there were no clashes between police and protesters on Tuesday. Vehicles also started moving along the Birgunj-Pathalaiya road, which was blocked by protesters for the last few days.

The local residents of Simara had imposed an indefinite general strike since 20 February, protesting against the withdrawal of the government’s decision to establish branches of Land Revenue, Land Survey and Mapping Offices.

Late on Monday night, a struggle committee formed by the residents of Simara called off all types of protest programs. Bhola Adhikari, coordinator of the struggle committee, said they decided to call off their agitation as it was turning violent and was spiraling out of control.

At a press conference in Simara on Tuesday, Adhikari said, “We will keep fighting for our demands but in a peaceful way.” According to Adhikari, they will submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala about their demands.

Local leaders of the NC, the UML, the MJF-Nepal and the RPP-Nepal have backed the struggle committee’s decision. However, the UCPN (Maoist) is against the decision, and has warned of continuing protest programs.

The locals of Simara were agitated after the government rolled back its decision to establish branches of Land Revenue, Land Survey and Mapping Offices there. The government was forced to take that decision after the residents of Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara, carried out violent protests for several days.

The residents of Kalaiya were opposed to the government’s decision. They believed that establishing Land Revenue, Land Survey and Mapping Offices in Simara would affect their economic activities.

 

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