Kan­chan­pur un­rest

People's Review - - NEWS - By Our Re­porter

Ten­sion had run high in Kan­chan­pur for al­most a week as the po­lice dil­ly­dal­lied in ini­ti­at­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the rape and mur­der of Nir­mala Panta, a school girl in Bhim­dut­tana­gar Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the dis­trict. When lo­cals sus­pected the in­volve­ment of pow­er­ful per­sons in the rap­ing and killing of Panta and smelt rat in the ac­tiv­i­ties of the po­lice, they took to the street de­mand­ing that the guilty be booked. How­ever, the demon­stra­tion turned vi­o­lent when po­lice opened fire at the crowd in­jur­ing sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als. The Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tion had to clamp cur­few to bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der control. When CPN leader Bhim Rawal tried to give a po­lit­i­cal colour to the demon­stra­tions, stat­ing that NC was in­sti­gat­ing the de­monos­tr­taion in Kan­chan­pur, sit­u­a­tion went to worse from bad in which a youth was killed on Fri­day in po­lice fir­ing. Three years ago, seven po­lice of­fi­cers in­clud­ing a mi­nor were killed in sim­i­lar ten­sion in neig­bour­ing dis­trict of Kailali. Sanni Khuna, a 17-yearold-boy, lost his life caus­ing fur­ther ten­sion, forc­ing the gov­ern­ment to trans­fer and even sus­pend the po­lice of­fi­cers and meet the de­mands of the de­mon­stra­tors. The gov­ern­ment as de­manded by the fam­ily of Khuna de­clared him a mar­tyr be­fore the fam­ily ac­cepted his body. The gov­ern­ment sus­pended Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SP) Dil­li­raj Bista, the then Dis­trict Po­lice Chief of Kan­chan­pur. Lo­cals sus­pected that Bista's son had in­volved in the mur­der of Panta. A meet­ing of the se­cu­rity bod­ies held at the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs de­cided to sus­pend Bista un­til the probe com­mit­tee iden­ti­fies the main guilty in­volved in the mur­der of Nir­mala Panta after her rape on July 26 in Kan­chan­pur. An all-party meet­ing with the Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice and Dis­trict Po­lice Of­fice fi­nally suc­ceeded to calm down the sit­u­a­tion con­vinc­ing the fam­ily of Khuna to per­form his last rites.

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