SOLUKHUMBU, June 9: Over a dozen persons including policemen were injured when two groups clashed over the construction of Bardanda-Tuintar road in Necha of the district Friday night. Coordinator of the road construction committee Jas Kumar Rai has been critically injured after fighting broke out between two groups wishing to take the road from near their house.
Rai who was flown to Kathmandu on a chopper Saturday afternoon is being treated at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).
The locals clashed after minor discussions between Lalit Dhungel and coordinator Rai regarding the route of the under-construction road. Two constables from the Area Police Office, Necha who had reached the scene to take control of the situation were also injured in the clash. The police had to resort to baton charge and used seven tear gas shells when locals began to throw stones at the police station after the police took a few persons involved in the clash to the police office, according to Inspector Rajendra BK.
The VDC and District Development Committee (DDC) have allotted Rs 900,000 for construction of the proposed road from Bardanda of Nechabatase-3 to Bihibare Bazar. A bulldozer had reached Necha on Friday to start digging. The police said the locals had argued about the route in the past as well and an all party meeting had resolved the issue.