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House committee directs govt to book culprits in murdering Dalit lover

KATHMANDU: A sub-committee under the Legislature-Parliament’s Committee on Women, Children and Social Welfare has demanded bringing to book the culprits in the killing of one Shiva Shankar Das at Pansera in Saptari district.

The sub-committee was constituted to study the problem of caste discrimination and practice of untouchability, and to suggest ways of resolving the problems.

Speaking in the meeting of the sub-committee here today, the sub-committee members said the administration should arrest the guilty in the murder of Das at the earliest and taking legal action against them.

They said that a study team of the sub-committee found after a field study that the murder was a premeditated one.

Sub-committee members Govinda Nepali, Shila Katila, Asha Kumar Sardar and Bimala Nepali, among others, said it appeared that Das, a member of the Dalit community, was murdered for having a love affair with a girl from the so-called higher caste family. They demanded taking stern action against the guilty.

At the meeting, Home Secretary Sushil Jung Rana promised to bring the people involved in the killing to book at the earliest and taking action against them if found guilty.

Similarly, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Rabindra Pratap Shah, said necessary investigations into the incident are underway and that the suggestions given by the sub-committee to that connection would be helpful in the investigations. He added that the district police office is doing the needful to this end.

Coordinator of the sub-committee Binod Pahadi stressed the need for expediting the investigations into this incident and taking action against the guilty while providing justice to the family of the victim. RSS

Published Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 | 08:48 PM

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