Tikapur Incident: High Court Sentences Eight People, Including Resham Chaudhary to Life Imprisonment
The High Court, Dipayal, has sentenced eight people, including the main accused in the Tikapur incident, Resham Chaudhary, to life imprisonment, citing the verdict of the District Court, Kailali on March 6, 2019.
A joint bench of High Court, Dipayal, Teknarayan Kunwar and Sitaram Mandal passed the verdict on December 17.
Resham Chaudhary, Harinarayan Chaudhary, Pradip Chaudhary, Bir Bahadur Chaudhary, Rajesh Chaudhary, Sitaram Chaudhary, Gangaram Chaudhary and Laxman Tharu have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Laxman Tharu, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court, Dipayal, was earlier sentenced to three years by the District Court, Kailali. Laxman Tharu was released after a three-year trial by a district court.
According to Sita Regmi, registrar of the High Court, Dipayal delivered the verdict of seven people, including Federal MP Resham Chaudhary, elected from Kailali District Constituency No. 1.
A bench of the then Kailali District Court Judge Parasuram Bhattarai had sentenced 11 people, including Resham Chaudhary, to life imprisonment on March 6.
As Shravan Chaudhary is a minor out of 11, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment as per Article 11 (30) of the Children’s Act 2048 BS.
Kailali District Court has sentenced Laxman Tharu, Lahuram Chaudhary, Ram Kumar Katharia, Santa Kumar Chaudhary, Vishram aka Jit Bahadur Dagora, Prem Bahadur Chaudhary, Kisan Lal Chaudhary, Ram Prasad Chaudhary, Dil Bahadur Chaudhary, Sangam aka Santosh Tharu (Chaudhary) and Chunniram Chaudhary to three years imprisonment.
Eleven people, including Resham Chaudhary, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for appeasing the Kailali District Court, had re-appealed to the High Court, Dipayal, in April 2019.
Debating on behalf of the defendants, lawyer Gambhir Singh Aira said that everyone should accept the decision of the court and if they are not satisfied with the decision, they have the legal right to go to the Supreme Court.
Seven policemen, including a minor, were killed in the Tikapur incident on August 24, 2015 during the Tharuhat Protest.
Twenty-six people, including a minor, Resham Chaudhary, elected to the House of Representatives from the Rastriya Janata Party, were jailed on various charges for their involvement in the incident. He was charged with for murder, planning for murder and robbery.
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