The government has committed to disclosing the facts related to the death of Mohammad Hakim Saha from Bhokraha Narsingh Rural Municipality of Sunsari in the detention centre of Sunsari District Police Office.

Receiving a memorandum submitted by the representatives of the Muslim community at the home ministry today, Home Minister Khand said saving citizen's life is the government's prime duty. "The government is committed to bringing forth facts on the death of Mohammad Hakim at the detention centre by keeping intact social harmony," he reiterated.

All citizens are free to adopt any culture and religion of their choice, he said, adding that the government is committed to saving people's lives. Through the memorandum, the Muslim community representatives demanded the cancellation of the present probe committee headed by Chief District Officer and formation of a new probe committee under the coordination of a high court judge having human rights defenders as committee members.

There were 11 representatives submitting the memorandum - including Chairperson of Islami Association, Khurshid Alam, General Secretary of Nepal Muslim Association Rahamatulla Minya, former member of the National Human Rights Commission.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 18, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.