Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolis on Wednesday has asked the Nepal Police to initiate criminal charges against squatters living in Thapathali area who were involved in attacking City Police with stones and domestic weapons.
On Monday, the squatters had attacked officials from the Bagmati River Basin Development Committee and City Police as they reached the settlement to evict the area. In a videos circulated on social media, squatters are seen attacking City Police with domestic weapons and stones, and they even tried to lynch two police personnel.
The move is feared to further escalate the tension between the metropolis office and the squatters.
The area has been encroached upon by squatters for several decades. Despite several notices from the Kathmandu Metropolis, squatters in the area are reluctant to leave the area.
As many as 5,000 squatters are residing in the area, according to the metropolis.
In a letter sent to the police, the metropolis has also mentioned the name of the squatters, who attacked City Police with domestic weapons.
A source of Nepal Live Today at the Kathmandu Police said that the metropolis has mentioned the names of Raju Tamang, Deepak Jung Kunwar, Hukum Lama and Narayan Parisrami who attacked police with domestic weapons.
The metropolis office has asked to take action under Section 85, Section 196, and Section 212 of the Criminal Code, 2017.
A source said that it has already initiated the process to take action against the accused. “The Home Ministry has already given a green signal to take action against the accused,” the source added.