Muslim reps call on Nepal PM, urge to bolster security

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Kathmandu, Sep 20 (UNI) Representatives of the Muslim community met Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala at his official residense Baluwatar today and urged him to strengthen security, especially in the mid Terai region where violence has left dozens of villagers dead over the past few days.

Following the killing of chairman of an anti-Maoist group Mohid Khan by an unidentified group last Sunday in Kapilvastu, riots broke out in the district.

During the meeting, Mr Koirala assured the delegation that he would leave no stone unturned to maintain law and security in the country, Kantipur reported.

An unidentified group last Sunday had killed Khan sparking riots in the region. According to recent reports, the death toll in the riots has reached 28.

According to a human rights (HR) activist Om Prakash Aryal, who had reached the site with a group of other HR activists and journalists, five other persons of the village are still untraceable.

Locals fear they might have been killed.

The death toll might go up as many other locals are still missing.

According to Ram Prasad Khanal, a local, over 30 persons are still missing from various villages, including Ganeshpur, Lalpur, Manpur and Patthargaiya.

Scores of injured persons are undergoing treatment at local health posts and clinics.

UNI

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