KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa has said the government has been successful in maintaining peace and security in the country.
In his response to queries raised during the National Assembly (NA) session today, the minister said, "The government has achieved success in bringing perpetrators in various unlawful incidents including violence against women to book."
Describing the case related to the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur as a 'heinous one', he reiterated the commitment to book the guilty. "Police officers responsible for negligence while handling the case of Nirmala have already faced action."
He went on to say that the government had been successful in breaking the network of gold smugglers and those guilty in the smuggling of 33 kilos of gold had been brought to under the purview of the law, pledging to arrest some masterminds behind the smuggling of the yellow metal.
The Home Minister further added that some occasional cases of gold smugglings continued to be reported as smuggles had changed the route for their unethical business, adding that the government was working to bust such routes, too.
Stating that investigations into the murder of former ambassador Keshab, evidence surrounding the case had been sent for forensic tests, he said there was no more culture of monopoly of any sorts in the country.
According to him, a process has been initiated to announce those people who lost their lives to several political movements at home martyrs and around 300 people who include Nepali Army personnel and police as well were given the status of martyrs.
Prior to this, NA member Komal Oli demanded an immediate action into the alleged abuse by Ram Bahadur Bamjan against Buddhist nuns. Others members present in the meeting drew the government attention towards the growing cases of violence and murder in the country.
Meanwhile, speaking in the 'zero hours' in the National Assembly session today, Brishesh Chandra Lal stressed on the need of completing the Melamchi Water Supply Project at any cost.
Sarita Prasai said old and new timber was being used in the reconstruction of the Kashthamandap, drawing the government's attention towards stopping the use of two kinds of timber. RSS