PHC member Niru Pal issued death threat

Kathmandu, August 1

Lawmaker Laxman Lal Karna who chaired the Public Hearing Committee meeting today said he ordered the Parliament Secretariat to provide security to all members of the PHC after Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker Niru Pal was attacked yesterday and threatened with dire consequences.

Pal told THT that a man approached her at around 8:15pm at Thapagaun in Baneshwor while she was running an errand and brandished a gun at her threatening to kill her. “The man pushed me against a wall in the narrow alley and threatened to shoot me if I screamed,” Pal said and added that the man also threatened to kill her if she attended the PHC meeting planned for today.

Pal’s mobile phone was also allegedly snatched by the attacker. She said only one man attacked her, but a little farther others were standing and could have been the attacker’s accomplices.

“Immediately after the incident I called the prime minister and revealed what had happened. Since the home minister was there, he also came to know about it.

“I didn’t reveal the incident to anyone else, not even to my family, till the confirmation hearing today,” Pal said.

“I am not worried about my life. I am concerned that we should be able to do what we want to do in the PHC. That’s why I decided not to talk about the incident till the PHC meeting today,” she said.

NCP (NCP) lawmaker Pyakurel said his party lawmakers had raised issues against those who wanted to capture public land and cause revenue loss to the government. One of them could have attacked Pal to intimidate the ruling party’s lawmakers,” he added.