200 displaced enter Nepal from Meghalaya

KAKADVITTA, MAY 25 -

Over 200 Nepali speaking people living in Meghalaya of India entered Nepal from Kakadvitta checkpoint, following threats from Khasis to leave the Indian town on Tuesday.

The returnees said they fled from Meghalaya to save their lives.

“We escaped to Nepal after a series of attack on Nepali speaking people there,” said Shambhu Rai, 45, a local of Sunsari’s Dharan who was working in a coal mine in Meghalaya.  “Just today, five buses of people entered Nepal,” he said.

Rai, describing the agony they faced in Meghalaya, said, “We were confined to indoors for three days and we made the plan to return to Nepal on telephone.” Most of the returnees were originally from Gaighat, Dhankuta, Biratnagar and Jhapa.  

 A few days ago, Khasis had burnt two Nepalis alive, spreading panic among Nepali origin people and prompting them to flee from Meghalaya.

Another returnee Bal Bahadur Tamang said around 14 Nepali speaking people lost their lives in the violence and thousands have been displaced. The displaced are taking refuge at Siltar, Boko, Jayanti and some other places of the Indian state of Assam.

 

Posted on: 2010-05-25 03:05