KATHMANDU, July 1: Pressing the government to set up a high-level and all-party committee to investigate into the clash in Dolpa in which two people were killed and several injured, people from the remote mountainous district of the Midwestern region have started a sit-in in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
On the first day, as many as 12 people from Dolpa, one of the remotest districts of the country´s Karnali region, staged a sit-in at Bhadrakali, Kathmandu. A struggle committee formed by the villagers of Dolpa has decided to stage sit-in until July 9. "But we will not remain silent ever after we conclude our sit-in," said Sye Namkha Dorje, chairman of Dolpa Concern Center.
On June 3, the police had clashed with the locals of Dho village of Dolpa district. The locals allege that two people died of injuries caused by police action. But, the local authorities deny the allegations.
The government has already formed a three-member committee led by Surkhet´s Chief District Officer (CDO) Krishna Prasad Khanal to investigate the case. But, the Dolpa locals have rejected the committee.
They have demanded that the government form another committee comprising representatives from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN).
The locals have also demanded action against CDO Khanal and Armed Police Force (APF) inspector Jivan Kumar Malla for giving orders to open fire at the locals.
The Dolpa clash was triggered by a dispute over the swiss replica watches rights of locals over natural resources. The locals have been collecting tax from Yarsagumba citing International Labor Organization (ILO) convention-169. ILO-169 states that local people should have preferential rights over natural resources. But, the local administration had last year had ruled collection of tax by Dolpa villagers as an illegal act. The clash had ensued after police seized Rs 800,000, which was collected as tax by the locals, from yarsa pickers.
"We want our rights over natural resources. As thousands of people from outside Dolpa come to our villages to pick yarsagumba, it is eventually us who will have to bear the brunt of excessive exploitation of natural resources."
Published on 2014-07-02 02:56:21