Kathmandu, September 6 2105- A total of 29 people including 10 security personnel were killed so far in various incidents triggered by ongoing agitations in the country, according to a report presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bamdev Gautam in today’s meeting of Legislature-Parliament.
The report said that of the deceased, 17 were killed in security action and 10 security personnel in various incidents triggered by the protests, while other two were killed by agitators.
DPM Gautam was reporting incidents that follow the agitations to the meeting on the situation of peace and security in Tarai.Â He said that many parts of the country witnessed peaceful agitation with a few violent incidents reported in some areas in the name of the agitation. He, however, termed the incidents of the killing of two-year-old boy in August 24 in Tikapur incident that had killed nine persons, mostly police personnel, and setting a police personnel ablaze alive in the same incident, as inhumane and cruel incident ever reported in Nepal’s history.
He defended the reports of opening fires in the agitations, thus leading to some killings, saying that security personnel had to fire shots in previous agitations to contain the situation that had gone volatile despite having urged the protesters not to engage in arson, vandalism and violation.
Saying that ongoing agitation has started turning violent and that the government is committed to prevent such incidents from happening during an agitation, DPM Gautam urged the protesters to exercise restraints.
He said that the existing problems, resulting in ongoing agitations across the country are political and that they should be sorted out through dialogue.
On a different context, Home Minister Gautam, meanwhile, informed that the government could not accommodate all Muslims living in Nepali aspiring to go to the holiest city Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage as it has been informed that the country has sent only 1,000 Hajj quotas for Nepal.
He, however, said that those willing to go for Hajj pilgrimage will be managed by the Hajj committee formed to manage the pilgrims.
He said that the ambassador Saudi Arabian ambassador to Nepal has been requested to manage at least 2,000 Hajj quotas and that the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal has been requested to make the journey of the pilgrims easier.
DPM Gautam, who also looks after the Ministry of Agricultural Development, said that it has been decided upon to install 14,00 shallow tube wells and 14 deep tube wells in dry areas in the Tarai this year, but the project would only start as soon as the existing political unrest in the Tarai eases.
Â Source :RSS