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UDMF advises govt to make favorable environment for talk

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KATHMANDU — The agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front on Thursday said that the government was not serious about finding a negotiated settlement of the agendas set forth by agitating forces.

Responding to a call for talks from Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, the parties under the UDMF banner sent their reply to the prime minister.

The UDMF wrote a letter to the prime minister yesterday saying the government spoiled the environment for talks by deceptively indicting Madhesi leaders and cadres subjecting them to torture, and unless that was corrected, there will be no relevance for talks.

The UDMF said it was always ready to sit for meaningful dialogue and forge consensus, but the government must build conducive environment for the same.

“The government should immediately make an environment for talks. We can’t accept that the government is serious about seeking a consensus through talks as long as it does not prepare the necessary environment,” stated the letter.

UDMF has also objected seriously to the leadership of the high-level political mechanism for resolving differences over province delineations.

The front said that the Coordinator of the political mechanism formed to settle issues related to provincial boundaries himself was negative about republicanism, federalism, proportional inclusion and secularism and the mechanism had no terms of reference.

“The government has never shown seriousness in addressing this agenda as the prime minister himself dismissed talks in this connection on February 16 although we had already sat for 36 rounds of talks at different levels,” the letter further states.

The front said it had held 36 rounds of negotiation with the government and major parties but those negotiations produced no results. The UDMF accused PM Oli of unilaterally breaking off negotiations on February 16.

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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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