Rangeli firing dominates House debate

KATHMANDU: The police-protester clash in Rangeli of Morang district on Thursday, in which three persons were killed, dominated the Parliament meeting on  Friday.

As soon as the meeting began, Sadbhawana Party Co-Chairman Laxman Lal Karna condemned the incident claiming the government intently used the excessive force as it did not want success of the peaceful talks.

The leader warned that the United Democratic Madhesi Front would rethink over its policy to engage in talks if the government continued using force to suppress them.

Karna also announced that constituents of the protesting Front would boycott the House meeting today as well.

After the Madhesi lawmakers' boycott, lawmakers speaking during the zero hour also talked about the incident.

Besides leaders of the Madhes-based parties, some Nepali Congress lawmakers also criticised the government for failing to take the situation under control and maintaining peace and order.

Lawmakers of the ruling CPN-UML, however, defended the government claiming police personnel were forced to open fire in self-defence as the UDMF cadres attacked them with domestic weapons.

UML lawmaker Yagya Raj Sunuwar said the UDMF intention to foil the Youth Association of Nepa's programme, fixed almost a month ago, sparked the violence.

Meanwhile, the Parliament would continue clause-wise discussions on the Bill on First Amendment of Constitution of Nepal today also.