Family of drowned girls yet to get promised relief

Published On: September 9, 2017 07:40 AM NPT By: Madan Thakur

RAUTAHAT, Sept 9: The family members of the four girls drowned in an open pit dug up for road construction a month ago in Rautahat have complained that they have not been provided any relief promised by government officials. 

The children had died on August 5 after falling into an open pit dug up by a local contractor in Garuda Municipality-4. Following the incident, the family members had staged protest by placing the bodies of the children on the road. Government officials then admitted that the incident occurred due to negligence by the contractor and promised the family members compensation. 

The District Police Office, Rautahat had immediately handed over Rs 25,000 per family for performing the last rites. 

The officials had also promised the families compensation of Rs 500,000 per family.
Ram Ekbal Sah whose two daugthers were among those killed complained that he has so far received nothing except for the Rs 25,000. 

 Ram Ekbal had lost his two daughters, Sangita Kumari Sah and Sunita Kumari Sah in the terrible incident. Just as the family was recovering from their irrepairable loss, they were hit by the devastating floods on August 12. 

The flooding washed away all their belongings. Ramrati Devi Sah, mother of the two girls accused the government of turning a blind eye to their plight. 

With tears all over her eyes Ramrati said, "The government has done nothing except adding to our miseries."

The parents of the other two girls have also shown their disappointment to the government by accusing it of being biased to the well offs. 

Last week, during his visit to Rautahat, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Former Prime Minister and Chairperson of CPN (Maoist-Centre) handed over Rs.10, 000 in the name of each victim.  
Though a lot of ministers and leaders pledged to hep the family fight for justice, they have not shown their faces after that, laments Ram Ekbal.

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