The death of Sajjan Meheta, 23, of Maleth-2, Pitambar Mandal, 50, of Jolhari Maleth-4 and Ananda Shah, 34, of Praswani VDC currently residing in Rajbiraj -9 killed in police firing at a clash with cadres of United Democratic Madhesi Front(UDMF) on March 6 has saddened the INSEC.
The press release published by the INSEC Chairperson, Subodh Raj Pyakurel expressed his heartfelt tribute to the deceased demanding reliefs for those families of the deceased along with free treatment to injured.
‘United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) organized the protest to disrupt the CPN-UML’s Mechi-Mahakali campaign scheduled in the Saptari district headquarter Rajbiraj. The clash took place when Aggravated supporters of United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) started to throw stones as CPN-UML after the completion of assembly were returning back to Kanchanrup from Rupani. Police Informed that dozens of tear gas were lobbed and air fired but had to resort to firing at the end since the situation was out of control. However, there are some bases of eyewitnesses for the confirmation in excessive use of force. The gun shot in head and chest of the deceased reaffirms the atrocities.’- Stated in Press Release
INSEC has demanded with Nepal Government adopt all possible measures for capacity enhancement of police personnel to control crowd and for appropriate use of the weapons to avoid loss of lives and property while maintaining peace and security.
The press Release States, ‘we repeat that the politics of contravention will not lead the country. The solution to every problem and disappointment can be found through negotiations and dialogue. We urge all the responsible leaders and their leadership to take initiative in this matter demanding to investigate the incident and to take action against the perpetrator.’
It was also reminded that Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 and the Constitution of Nepal Part 3, Article 17, sub-article 2 (a, b, c) secures the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to assemble peaceably and without arms and freedom to form political parties through press release.