Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi
Rajbiraj, Nepal: The government has not only declared martyrs to those who were killed during clash with police in Rajbiraj of Saptari district but also provided cash incentive to their kith and kin.
Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi handed over Rs 1 million each to kith and kin of five victims of Saptari incident, amid a program in Rajbiraj on Wednesday.
Continuing the tendency of declaring martyrs and handing over 1 million to the victims, who generally breathe their last during the course of clash with police no matter the violence would have motivated with vested interest of any political parties or groups, the government had already decided to declared the Saptari victims as a martyrs.
The government decision would pave the way to reach on consensus with the agitating Madhes based parties to take them into confidence to participate in the second phase of local level elections. But, such a tendency of declaring martyrs and distributing 1 million is highly criticized from different sectors.
Interestingly, the government has also announced to provide 1 million declaring them as martyrs even though who had died during the clash with police mobilized to mention security during elections.
Five persons were killed after police had opened fire at the protesters supporting United Democratic Madhesi Front. The police had opened fire after the protesters had tried to disrupt the CPN-UML’s function in Maleth VDC near Rajbiraj on March 6.