Madhesis threaten to withdraw support to Govt over police firing

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Mar 2017 08:53:30


By Shirish B Pradhan,

KATHMANDU,

Mar 8,

(PTI),

THE agitating Madhesi group on Wednesday served an ultimatum to Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda, threatening to withdraw support to his Government if their demands are not addressed in a week.


The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) on Tuesday submitted a five-point memorandum to Prachanda during a meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar. In the memorandum, Madhesi (UDMF) leaders have demanded withdrawal of local elections’ programme, discussion on the Constitution amendment Bill in the Parliament and probe of police firing in Saptari. They also demanded action against persons found guilty in the firing incident.


The Madhesi leaders also asked Government to declare those killed in the incident as “martyrs” and demanded due compensation for their kins. The Front has warned to withdraw support to the government if its demands are not addressed in a week, according to a statement issued by the Front after the meeting.


Meanwhile, the death toll in Saptari police firing has climbed to four after another Madhesi Front cadre succumbed to his injuries. Three persons were killed on Monday after police opened fire at protesters who tried to disrupt CPN-UML’s programme in the district. Several others were injured in the firing. The CPN-UML has claimed that the Madhesi Front had made a failed attempt at “assassinating the party leadership by encircling” them when they were leaving the programme venue on Monday after the public meeting.