Conflict victims still deprived of promised relief
Salyan, March 26: The wounds of the decade long conflict is still the same in Salyan district though peace and constitution writing processes have been forwarded considerably.
The horrors experiences by the local residents of Guranse, Damachaur VDC-9, who had lost lives and turned homeless on Jeth 29, 2059 BS, following the clash between the then government and the CPN (Maoist) could not still be erased from their memory.
Bal Bahadur Basnet, an eyewitness with tearful eyes reported he had seen the villagers struggling for life after they were shot at and the blazing houses during the clashes.
He said “The scene of burning cattle along with the villagers’ houses is still fresh in my mind. The then Nepal Army did not even let villagers to shift the cattle from the blazing flames.”
Nandakala Kunwar, who was hiding in one of the house to protect herself said she could not even notice the wound on her forehead caused by splinters of explosives when she saw her children in a pool of blood in the yard.
“We were hiding inside the house, my son and daughter received severe wounds in their heart and eyes respectively and fell on the ground after being unconscious,” Kunwar recalls.
She complained the government provided just Rs. 51,000 as relief but she could not do anything from the amount of money as it was insufficient.
Similarly, Sharada Basnet said she could never forget the scene of Maoist fighters, who pressed her son with a log in front of herself and threw him after making disabled.
Likewise, Meghraj Oli, who was abducted just for having differing thoughts, complained that none have supported him even after the nation entered a political change.
“I had applied in the local Peace Committee in 2066 BS but received no support as I have no political backing,” said Oli.
As many as 62 houses were gutted in the conflict in Guranse, some 13 persons have not still received the relief though they had applied for the same in the local Peace Committee.
However, member of the committee, Gyaneswor KC said the villagers could not receive the relief as the files have not been forwarded from the Relief Taskforce of the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction though the local Peace Committee had sent it after making necessary decisions. RSS