Police,local admin failed to take preventive measures : NHRC

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Kathmandu, Sep 22 (UNI) The Nepal's Human Rights Commission has ascertained that at least 22 people were killed, over 3000 displaced and over 500 houses destroyed in the violence which rocked Kapilvastu district in the last six days.

The commission also blamed the police and the local administration for not taking the necessary precautions before, during and after the violence in Kapilavastu.

Releasing an initial report on the Kapilvastu mayhem at a press meet today, NHRC member Gauri Pradhan said, ''the actual data of the killed, displaced, injured, disappeared have not been known as of today'' According to the on-the-field report, at least 95 shops in and around Jagatpur, Ganeshpur, Manpur, Krishnanagar, Chandrauta, Bishanpur villages have been destroyed. Over 150 vehicles were vandalised.

''Altogether 119 houses located at Bishanpur to Sukumbasi Tol and a cotton factory at Krishnanagar have been reduced to cinder,'' Kantipur said quoting Pradhan, who was addressing a press meet at the NHRC office in Lalitpur yesterday.

The NHRC sent yet another team yesterday led by its commissioner Ram Nagina Singh to Kapilvastu district to take an account of human rights situation in the field. NHRC official Yagya Adhikari said human rights defenders were also not allowed to visit some places by different groups. ''We do not know what is happening in those places,'' he said. The commission found people angry with the police as the latter skipped their repeated calls for security.

It also recommended the government provide humanitarian relief and compensation to the victims, free treatment to the injured and ensure security in the affected areas. Besides, it has also urged the government to take effective measures to curb violence in Kapilavastu which was triggered by the murder of an anti-Maoist leader on Sunday.

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