Seven years on, Bandarmudhe carnage still haunts Madi folks
CHITWAN: Seven years have slipped by since the horrific incident at Bandarmudhe in Madi, Chitwan district. But the victims of this incident remain in the same agony.
The incident relates to the death of 38 innocent people when a passenger bus was caught up in a booby trap set up by the then CPN (Maoist) that was waging a People’s War against the state at that time. Seventy-two people were injured in this incident.
A memorial constructed by the kin of the victims of this incident stands today besides the local Bandarmudhe stream as a grim reminder of this heinous incident during the conflict.
Relatives, family members and well-wishers of the victims of this incident gathered at the memorial amidst a low-key memorial service at the incident site on Tuesday. They lit lamps in memory of the victims and paid tributes to those killed in the incident.
Committee president Mukti Neupane said the victims have not even received relief assistance let alone justice. The victims of this incident consider this day as black day.
‘Nothing has been done to relieve the pain and suffering of the dependants of the victims of the Bandarmudhe attack, except constructing the memorial,’ said Krishna Adhikari, the vice president of the Bandarmudhe Incident Victims’ Committee.
Senior journalist Yubaraj Ghimire, Kanak Mani Dixit and human rights defender Subodh Pyakurel attended the memorial service.
People speaking on the occasion called on the government and the UCPN (Maoist) to make special arrangements for providing relief and assistance to the victims. RSS