Provocative speeches laid ground for Tikapur killing: NHRC

Published On: March 7, 2017 06:26 PM NPT

NHRC recommends action against APF DIG Chaudhary, SP Singh over security lapses in Tikapur

KATHMANDU, March 7: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) recommended the government to take departmental action against Armed Police Force (APF) DIG Khadananda Chaudhary and SP Laxman Bahadur Singh.

Concluding that the two APF officials did not bother to control the riot on August 24, 2015 in Tikapur, the NHRC recommended the government for departmental action against DIG Chaudhary and SP Singh.

Likewise, the NHRC asked the government to caution the then Chief District Officer of Kailali Raj Kumar Shrestha and Administrative Officer Suman Dhital concluding that the act of serious human rights violation took place due to failoure to discharge their duties.

On August 24, 2015, a mob had brutally killed eight security personnel and a toddler in Tikapur during the Tharuhat movement, just ahead of the promulgation of the new constitution. The NHRC said that it is not necessary to speak or make any recommendations as the charge-sheet has been already filed at the Kailali District Court against perpetrators and the court case is still subjudice.

However, the NHRC has recommended the government to make necessary arrangements to the families of deceased for their livelihood and education of children in the families. The NHRC has also recommended the government to provide compensation to the Tharu families and individuals, whose houses or businesses were destroyed in the aftermath of the massacre despite there was curfew. The NHRC has also asked the government to take action against the concerned officials, who denied registering written complaints from the victims of the vandalism that happened after the massacre.

The NHRC has drawn attention of concerned political parties and leaders to act and speak only on responsible manner. The commission has concluded that the provocative speeches of Sadbhavana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato, Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Chair Upendra Yadav, Nepali Congress lawmaker Amaresh Kumar Singh and the then CPN-Maoist leader Dev Gurung prepared the background for the human right violation.

Meanwhile, the NHRC asked the government to ensure the presence of chief district officers at their offices at the time of risk to security situation. The commission made the recommendation after investigating the killings of three in Rangeli and Dayaniya of Morang district on January 21, 2016.  Three people had died in Morang when the cadres of United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) and cadres of Youth Association Nepal, the sister wing of CPN-UML, clashed in Rangeli and Morang.

Regarding the Morang incident, the NHRC has urged the government to caution Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Narayan Gopal Malego, the then Morang CDO Toyam Rayamajhi and Nepal Police SP Tarani Prasad Lamsal.

Likewise, the NHRC has concluded that the security forces have used excessive force in Bethari of Rupandehi during the Madhes Movement on September 15, 2015. Six individuals, including a four years old boy, had lost their lives at the particular incident. The NHRC asked the government to identify the perpetrators behind the excessive use of force and take action in accordance with the law.

The NHRC has also recommended the government to provide reparation to the families of all the deceased.

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