Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas shells in Narayangadh

CHITWAN :Tension ran high in Chitwan after police opened fire on a demonstration of entrepreneurs Wednesday afternoon. The local entrepreneurs took to the street protesting against the raid of Internal Revenue Office at a cloth shop (Laxmi Narayan Vastralaya).

The entrepreneurs said the officials raided the shop without notice. They have also accused the revenue officials of demanding bribe while raiding the store.

The demonstrators have set a police beat and a vehicle of the revenue office on fire in Narayangadh. The clash took place after police interfered the demonstrators after they blocked roads in Sahidchowk, Lionschowk and Pulchowk. The police also fired a rubber bullet to control the situation.

Tension is running high in Narayangadh after local business entrepreneurs attacked a team of Inland Department of Revenue Investigation (DRI) who reached the site for inspection on Wednesday.

The business entrepreneurs, in protest, started pelting stones at the DRI team accusing the revenue officials of seeking bribe during inspection. Police have fired rubber bullets to take the situation under control.

However, nobody has been injured in the incident. The violence erupted after an altercation between the DRI team and the owner of Laxminarayan Vastralaya, with the shop owner accusing the DRI team of asking Rs one million in bribe.

The business entrepreneurs have taken to the streets in protest and have been chanting slogans against the DRI team and police.

A DRI vehicle (Ba 1 Jha 9135) has also been set on fire by the agitating strikers, who have also vandalized a fire engine trying to douse the burning vehicle. The protestors have also disrupted vehicular movement in the area.

The irate protestors have set a police beat on fire at Sahid Chowk. Police have also fired two shells of tear gas to ward off the advancing protestors. The police team have returned to Bharatpur after failing to take the situation under control.

An emergency meeting of police administration is discussing ways to bring the situation under control.

Chitwan Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industries Dr Til Chandra Bhattarai has urged business entrepreneurs to remain calm and stay away from any violent activities. Meanwhile, police have managed to take the DRI team to police office under heavy security.

Agitating businessmen setting the DRI vehicle on fire (Photo: Chandani Hamal)

Injured police personnel wiping his wound after the clash (Photo: Chandani Hamal)

Irate locals vandalizing the fire engine (Photo: Chandani Hamal)

(Photo: Chandani Hamal)


source: my republica nepal portal(picture only)

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