Resolve Tarai stir through talks: NHRC

Kathmandu, January 17

The National Human Rights Commission today issued a press statement urging the United Democratic Madhesi Front, the government and major parties to seek a solution to Tarai unrest through dialogue.

The rights body also urged stakeholders to stop playing divisive politics. It also urged the government to launch investigation into the killings of protesters, children and security personnel and bring the culprits to book.

The NHRC also urged the government to provide free treatment to the injured and relief and compensation to the victims’ families.

The NHRC issued the statement after its Chairman Anup Raj Sharma, other commissioners and office bearers toured Madhes districts affected by the ongoing agitation and border blockade.

NHRC said in its statement that office bearers held interactions with leaders/cadres of the agitating UDMF, human rights activists, chief district officers and chiefs of security agencies.

The office bearers also visited the families of those killed during the movement.

NHRC said although the movement was termed peaceful, hundreds of vehicles, government offices and offices of political parties were vandalised.

The national human rights body said the protracted movement has caused irreparable loss to the country.