New Land Seizures in western Nepal

BARDIYA, May 23rd, 2010: Maoist-affiliated All Nepal Freed Kamaiyas Association (ANFKA) on Sunday seized an additional 154 bighas [1 bigha = 1.67 acres] of land in Rajapur area of the district. The area was once known as the hotbed of Maoist insurgency.

The Maoists, who started land grab drive a week ago, have already seized 87 bighas of land in Daulatpur village.

Police records showed that the seized land include five bighas and 17 katthas land owned by Rudra Bahadur Shahi, 12 bighas owned by Prem Kumari Rana and 70 bighas of land belonging to Ramesh Gyawali.

The land owners have vented anger against the police for not taking steps to free the land.

Meanwhile, ANFKA Chairman Challu Tharu said they will continue their land grab drive till until the government provides land to landless squatters.