September 2, 2015

September 2, 2015

Press Statement

Call to Resolve Dispute through Dialogue

Our serious attention has been drawn towards incidents that have occurred during the ongoing protests in Tarai-Madhes for past 19 days. We are saddened by the death of five persons in police firing in two days. Dharma Raj Singh and Sohan Sah Kalwar of Maniyari, Birgunj sub-metropolis-18 died on the spot near the Ramraja bridge in Birgunj of Parsa, and Dina Nath Sah and Bhola Sah Teli of Thulo Nautan in Prasauni VDC-8 of Bara in Laxumanawa Birgunj sub-metropolis-18 on September 1 when police opened fire following clash between protestors and police while Dipip Chaurasiya was killed on August 31. We pay our tributes to the deceased and express condolences to the bereaved families.

Respecting rights of the protestors to put forward their demands in a peaceful manner, we call on the government to avoid loss of lives and property while maintaining peace and security. Resolution of political dispute should be searched through peaceful political dialogue, not through violent means. We urge the stakeholders to comprehend that destroying physical infrastructure and making physical assault are against broad humanitarian welfare.

Recognizing the fact that 12 protesters and eight security persons and a one-and-half-year-old boy have been killed during the protests launched by various groups over the issue of delineation, we call on the government and protesting sides to resolve disputes through dialogue immediately.


Subodh Raj Pyakurel