Writ petition filed against government decision on Tikapur scourge

KATHMANDU: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court against the government's decision to grant amnesty to those involved in Tikapur carnage.

Advocate Kapildev Dhakal, former secretary of Nepal government Dwarika Nath Dhungel and  Jagdish Chandra Baral jointly filed the writ petition, making defendants to the Nepal government and Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, on Sunday.

In the petition, they argued that the government decision questioned the rule of law. It is a serious issue of public concern, which obviously draws the main principle of the rule of law, they added.

Similarly, the write petitioners said it is a prima facie case of causing irreparable loss on rule of law, judicial supremacy and universal principle of independent judiciary.

Three days back, the government had decided to withdraw the cases filed against those accused of involving in the Tikapur incident, which had claimed the lives of eight security persons and a child two years back.

Even the National Human Rights Commission drew the government's attention and urged  not to set free the accused ones.

Eight persons, including a senior superintendent of Nepal Police and a two-year-old child were killed when supporters of the Tharuhat and Madhes-based parties clashed with each other in Kailali’s Tikapur on August 24, 2015. Police have filed a case of murder against 28 persons in connection with the incident. They have been remanded to Kailali district prison.