KATHMANDU, April 19: Shanti Batika is located right next to Ranipokhari across the famous Ratnapark of Kathmandu. The Shanti Batika was established in the memory of Ganesh Man Singh, one of the leaders of the movement for political change, the martyrs, the injured and one of the leaders of the political change of 2046 BS. That peaceful place suddenly became turbulent on Monday. The peace there was disturbed. There was a clash between police and the loan shark victims with charging batons and stone pelting. The police sprayed water cannons.
The recent incident of police using excessive force on loan shark victims who conducted a peaceful sit-in at Shanti Batika in Kathmandu is highly concerning. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has requested the government to respect and protect the rights of citizens to gather peacefully and express their opinion. As responsible citizens, we must urge the government to exercise restraint, meet the genuine demands of the loan shark victims and resolve the issue through meaningful dialogue.
KATHMANDU, April 1: Newly appointed Home Minister Narayankaji Shrestha is preparing to form a 'high-level investigation commission with powers' to solve the problems of loan sharking victims. Earlier, Shrestha, who was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, became Home Minister along with Deputy Prime Minister when the cabinet was reshuffled on Friday. Shrestha approved the file to form a high-level inquiry commission to solve the problems of usury victims soon after taking charge of the Ministry of Home Affairs.