Kohalpur erupts for the second day after truck runs over girlProtesters defied prohibitory orders to stand up against police brutality; authorities agree to a six-point agreement, pledging compensation and investigation, among others.
Defying the prohibitory orders issued by the local administration, Kohalpur residents, including students and parents, descended on the streets, demanding action against DSP Hem Bahadur Shahi and his officers for a wanton use of force to subdue the protesters, many of whom were schoolchildren.
They also burnt tyres on the streets to create traffic obstructions and picketed the Area Police Office in Kohalpur.
The situation in Kohalpur calmed in the evening after the protesters and the local administration reached a six-point agreement.
“A six-point agreement was forged during today’s meeting. We must now focus on implementing the agreement,” said Chief District Officer Kumar Bahadur Khadka.
The local administration has agreed to ask the Home Ministry to provide adequate compensation to Chand as well as those people who were injured or affected by Sunday’s protest, according to the agreement.
The agreement also states that all medical costs of the injured protesters will be covered by the government and that a committee would be formed to investigate into the alleged police brutality.
The protesters and the local administration have also agreed that leaders of political parties, officials at the district security committee, educational institutions, among others, would take necessary initiatives for the treatment of the injured and in providing compensation to those affected by the unrest.
Chand, a seventh-grader at Tribhuvan Namuna Secondary School, has lost both her legs after she was hit by a truck outside her school on Sunday morning. She is currently undergoing treatment in Kathmandu.
Following the incident, schoolchildren, parents, and locals had taken out a protest in Kohalpur.
When the truck that had hit Chand was vandalised and set ablaze by the protesters, police intervened with batons, tear gas shells and rubber bullets.
The police response had further incited the protest, resulting in vandalism and clashes that left scores of people, including young students, injured.
The local administration had issued prohibitory orders in Kohalpur to prevent further violence.