Panel formed to probe death threat against lawmaker Nirudevi Pal

Kathmandu, August 3

Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, has formed a three-member probe panel led by Superintendent of Police Ram Dutta Joshi to investigate into the alleged attack and death threat made to lawmaker Nirudevi Pal.

Members of the panel include Deputy Superintendent of Police Govinda Kafle and Inspector Surendra KC. Lawmaker KC had told the House of Representatives that an unidentified person brandishing a pistol threatened to kill her in Thapagaun, Baneshwor on Tuesday night over the hearing of Acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshee in Parliamentary Hearing Committee for approval or disapproval of his appointment as the chief justice.

Lamaker Pal is also a member of the committee. Following the incident, police had deputed a personal security officer for her.

As part of preliminary investigation, police had arrested as many as 95 suspects from different places of Kathmandu yesterday.

Of them, 16 have been kept in custody for further investigation while others were released after necessary screening and profiling, said Senior Superintendent of Police Bishwaraj Pokharel, MPR in-charge.

The panel has been tasked with establishing the facts behind the ‘death threat to the lawmaker’ and arresting the perpetrators.

Earlier, Minister of Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa and Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal had expressed serious concern about the incidents and directed the authorities concerned to launch a fact-finding investigation into the incident.

However, lawmaker Pal has yet to file an FIR against any suspect. Police officials said investigation could be opened in relation to security issues without any such FIR.