Backed by security forces, Kathmandu starts evicting squatters

KATHMANDU: Department of Urban Development and Housing has started evicting homes and huts of landless squatters constructed in public land along the banks of the Bagmati River today.

The Department has initiated the eviction drive from Thapathali with the support of different organizations. The process to remove illegally constructed huts could not take place owing to construction by squatters despite several attempts to convince them to evict their settlements.

A brief scuffle between security personnel and landless people took place in course of demolishing some houses with the use of dozer on the initiative of rights activists involved in Bagmati cleansing campaign, representatives of different organizations and locals.

The Department has come up with this move to stop encroachment along the Bagmati River banks and called for support from different walks of life. RSS

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