•      Thu Jul 25 2024

PM Dahal meets victims of Balkumari killing, vows to punish culprits

Kathmandu, Dec 30: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on Saturday met with the families of the two youths killed at Balkumari in Lalitpur on Friday.

During the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar today, the Prime Minister Dahal said that the government has already initiated probe process to find out the truth of the incident and punish the culprits.

The PM said the government has taken the incident seriously and the officials found guilty in the initial stage have already been suspended, the PM’s secretariat shared.

Sujan Raut of Dailekh and Birendra Shah of Achham were killed in a clash with police personnel at Balkumari, Lalitpur.  PM Prachanda also shared that an announcement was made in relief to the victims’ families on behalf of the government and provisions have been made to ensure treatment of the injured.

The PM also expressed grief towards the incident and condoled the demise of the youths while expressing deep sympathy to the deceased’s families.

During the meeting, the PM stated that he was attending a programme in Dolakha on Friday and took stock of the incident with the officials immediately after he was informed about the death of two youths.

The PM has assured of justice to the victims’ families. “Whatever the findings come and whoever are found culprits will be booked. No such incidents will happen in coming days,” PM’s press advisor Govinda Acharya quoted the PM as saying.

On the occasion, the families of the victims drew the PM’s attention for a fair probe and stern action to the culprits.  The federal parliament members from Achham and Dailekh districts were also present on the occasion.

Earlier today, a meeting of the Council of Ministers held at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar decided to provide Rs 1 million in compensation to each family of two youths killed in Balkumari incident on Friday and provide free treatment services to those injured ones.

The government also paid tributes to the deceased and extended condolences towards the bereaved family members. The government has also initiated processes to book those officials for their carelessness, which ultimately led to the the killings of two youths and caused physical loss.

The government has suspended police officer, who ordered the personnel to open firings in course of containing mob without considering other options, until the probe was completed.

Likewise, Chief of Employment Permit System (EPS) section Under Secretary Guru Dutta Subedi was also suspended.

The unpleasant incident happened on Friday afternoon as the police opened firings on the youths, who had staged demonstration for not allowing them to participate in the examination of Korean Language Test. Nepal

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