Loan sharking victims demand home minister’s resignation

Published On: April 18, 2023 02:40 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 18: Loan sharking victims continued with their protest demanding the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

On Monday in Shanti Batika, the loan sharking victims were injured and some were arrested as the police baton-charged the protestors.

On Tuesday afternoon, the loan sharking victims staged a protest at Maitighar chanting slogans against the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Shrestha. They said that instead of addressing their demands, Shrestha repressed them.

The loan sharking victims who were preparing to demonstrate outside Singha Durbar were stopped by the police at Shanti Batika on Monday. During that time, the police used batons and water cannons to stop the loan sharking victims from entering the restricted area.

Awadhesh Kushwaha, chairman of Farm Workers Struggle Committee against loan sharks and frauds, said that the government is more arrogant to suppress their problems than to solve them. He said that the protest will continue until their demands are met.

Earlier on April 1, the government signed a five-point agreement with a group of loan sharking victims. But another group has been protesting in Kathmandu since April 3 saying that the agreement will not solve the immediate problems of  the loan sharking victims.

The government has already formed a commission to solve the problems of the loan shark victims and has asked the  loan shark victims to withdraw their protest and return to their villages saying that the commission will solve all their problems.


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