Nepal govt to penalise security officials for inaction during riots

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Kathmandu, Sep 23 (UNI) The Nepal government will initiate action against security personnel for inaction during the riots in Kapilvastu district last week, triggered by the assassination of an anti-Maoist leader.

Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula, who visited the violence-hit Chandrauta and Krishnanagar areas of the district yesterday, said, ''Immediate action would be taken against the personnel found guilty of failing to respond as per the need of the hour as violence escalated, Kantipur newspaper reported.

In an all-party meet held in Chandruata, local political leaders and riot victims demanded immediate resignations of Chief District Officer Narendra Dahal and district police chief Shahsihajur Silwal alleging that their irresponsibility led to such a large-scale violence.

They also presented an 11-point charter of demands to the Minister.

Mr Sitaula urged everyone to maintain communal harmony. He also informed that the AIGs of the Nepal Police and Armed Police Force would stay in the district until normalcy was restored.

Armed Police camps would also be set up at riot-affected Jagdishpur, Pipara and Laxampur, he informed.

Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Rajendra Mahato, State Minister for Labour Ramesh Lekhak, CPN-UML leader Jhalanath Khanal, Maoist leader Pampha Bhusal, some lawmakers and rights activists were also present during the meeting.

At least 31 people have been killed and hundreds of houses and vehicles destroyed as angry mobs rampaged through the hill districts in protests that followed the shooting of former Chairman of anti-Maoist group Mohid Khan at Birpur village last Sunday.

UNI

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