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Now it’s time for protest: Upendra Yadav

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BIRATNAGAR — Chairman of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), Upendra Yadav has said that the federal alliance will not sit for talks with the government anymore and that the alliance was preparing for launching stringent protests against the government.

Talking to journalists at Biratnagar Airport Wednesday morning, Yadav said that the government did not budge even an inch from its stance even though the alliance sat for dialogue with the government for 36 times.

“Therefore, it is meaningless to hold any talks with the government. We are now making preparations to make our demands heard by means of street protests,” Yadav said.

He added that the alliance will picket Singha Durbar on May 15, warning that the people will retaliate if the government resorted to suppressing the protests.

He argued that local body elections should not be held without finalizing the issue of federalism. He further said that the outline of local governance should be clearly defined in the constitution itself. “The local bodies should be restructured and the constitution should be rewritten. Holding local elections is the right of the provincial governments, not that of the central government.”

Claiming that the federal alliance is not in the game of making or breaking the government, Yadav said the alliance will launch protests to ensure the rights of Madhesis, indigenous people, nationalities, women and Dalits.


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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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