KATHMANDU: Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities and Tharu Joint Struggle Committee are staging a sit-in in the premises of the Teaching Hospital in Maharjgunj, demanding martyr status for Dhan Bahadur Thanaith, who passed away last night after being injured in the police firing on Baisakh 27 during peaceful protest.
The cadres of the NEFIN and Tharu Joint Struggle Committee have blocked the road along the Lainchaur-Maharajgunj road section, demoing with the government to declare Thanait a martyr, provide due compensation his family, meanwhile shouting slogans against Prime Minster Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar.
The NEFIN has also called for a probe committee to look into the incident of arson on the Tharu Cultural Museum by the police during the protest and bring the guilty to book immediately.
Thanaith had been seriously injured in the police firing during the peaceful protest called by NEFIN and Tharu Joint Struggle Committee piling pressure on the government to carve federal states along the ethnic lines at Danda Bazaar in Nawalparasi on Baisakh 27.
A dozen of cadres including Thanait had been injured in the police crackdown on the peace protest. Of the injured, Mahendra, Ale Magar, Bishal Chaudhari and Tara Thanait are still undergoing treatment at the Teaching Hospital.