NHRC urges adminstration to end Kapilavastu violence

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Kathmandu, Sep 28 (UNI) Coming down heavily on the district administration for its failure to contain violence in the western Nepal district of Kapilvastu, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged strict action against perpetrators of violence.

The Commission expressed concern over the rights situation in the wake of arson and violence, which rendered hundreds of families displaced, urging Home Secretary Umesh Prasad Mainali and Inspector General of Armed Police Basu Dev Oli to initiate immediate steps to restore normalcy in the riots-hit district.

Riots broke out in Kapilvastu district after the leader of an anti-Maoist vigilante group Mohid Khan was killed by unidentified gunmen on September 16. Hundreds of houses and vehicles were destroyed when angry mobs rampaged through the hill districts in protests that followed the shooting.

In a meeting at the commission's office, the rights body apprised the two top officials about instances of human rights violation in Birpur, Chandrauta, Bahadurgunj, Krishna Nagar, Bisanpur, Dumara, Magar Ghatta, Sundari Danda and Jaya Nagar, among other areas, of the district.

The commission, in its initial report on the Kapilvastu violence, had expressed deep concern on the inability of police and administration to take preventive measures against the violence in Kapilavastu that has displaced over 5,000 people.

Meanwhile, Women's Alliance for Peace, Power, Democracy and Constituent Assembly (WAPPDCA), took to the streets of the city without disrupting traffic, Kantipuronline reported quoting a statement by WAPPDCA.

Similarly, another women's organization, Hami Sakhchhau, raised its voice over the grave incidents in Kapilavastu and has urged the government to take care of the victims.

''In the situation of displacement, women become more vulnerable to abuses and rape,'' it said in its statement. ''We urge the government to provide necessary security to victims,'' the organisation added.

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