Chure Bhabhar Samaj sets condition for talks with govt

Says the govt must meet its demands

Kathmandu, July 15:

Chure Bhabhar Ekta Samaj today said that it would sit for talks with the government only after the latter met its charter of three demands which were earlier agreed upon by the government talks team headed by Peace and Reconstruction Minister Ram Chandra Poudel.

The government talks team has invited the Samaj leaders for talks on July 26 in Kathmandu. But they insisted that the talks be held at Sarlahi-based office of Bagmati Irrigation Project.

The three major demands include the release of nine people of hill origin charged with murdering a Madhesi man in the village of Yagabhumi in Dhanusha district, formation of a high-level commission to probe losses of life and property of the communities of hill origin during the Madhesi movement, and declaring Mangal Bahadur Gurmachhan a martyr and provision for compensation to his bereaved family. Gurmachhan was shot dead by police during the movement launched by Chure Bhavar Ekta Samaj.

A two-day meeting of the Samaj, attended by representatives from Siraha, Saptari, Udaypur, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Kavre, Sindhuli, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara, Makwanpur and Nawalparasi, decided that the talks with the government would be held at the ‘Chure Bhavar Pradesh’, not in the capital.

“If the government does not meet our demands as agreed upon earlier, we will go for a peaceful agitation from July 28,” a statement issued by Samaj president Keshav Prasad Mainali said.

Mainali said the Samaj also decided to pressurise the government not to issue any licence for extracting sand, stones and boulders from the Chure region and shift the boulder processing factories from there.

It said that excessive extraction of sand, stones and boulders had caused environmental and ecological degradation of the fragile region. The Samaj has also warned the government not to issue any licences for the extraction of sand, stones and boulders.

The release also demanded that the government form a special force to prevent highway crimes and declare education institutions zones of peace.