Chapacho Incident:Protest called off

BHAKTAPUR: The Joint Citizen Struggle Committee, formed by the relatives and well-wishers of the victims of Chapacho incident, Sunday suspended their protest programmes, following a meeting with the officials at the District Administration Office, Bhaktapur.

The meeting, attended by the DAO officials and representatives of the struggle committee, agreed to recommend concerned government agencies to provide Rs 1 million as compensation to the next of kin of the victims, elect a representative of the struggle committee in the probe panel and take action against the guilty.

Three youths had died when the locals of Chapacho thrashed four youths, who were fleeing from Dhunchepakha after a gang fight, mistaking them as abductors. Jeevan Gaha Magar and Sabin Mahat Chhetri were pronounced dead at B&B Hospital on the same day while Basanata Lama, another victim in the incident, succumbed to injuries on Friday. Another victim, Saroj Rai, is still undergoing treatment at the hospital. His condition is reported to be critical.

Suk Bahadur Lama, member of the struggle committee, told The Himalayan Times that they decided to suspend their protest programmes after concerned government officials assured them to fulfil their demands.

The struggle committee has warned of dire consequences if the agreements were not implemented within the next 10 days.

Lama also demanded the government to identify the murderers and punish them accordingly.

Earlier, the struggle committee halted vehicular traffic at major intersections in the district for two hours to protest the killing and press the government to fulfil their demands.