Agitating leaders complain of human rights violation while containing protests

KATHMANDU: Leaders of protesting Madhes-based parties have complained with the National Human Rights Commission that the security personnel used excessive force to contain their protests against principles of human rights and related laws.

At a meeting with NHRC Chairman Anup Raj Sharma and its members today, the leaders said police beat up locals at their houses, used expired tear gas shells and opened fire targeting head and chest of agitators.

They were of the view that the constitutional human rights watchdog should direct the government to immediately stop using force.

The protesting leaders also accused the government of not being serious for talks and inviting them for dialogues without serious preparations.

They, however, claimed that their cadres were not involved in torching and vandalising ambulances and medicine-laden vehicles.

The leaders rather requested the NHRC to investigate into the cases.

In response, the NHRC Chairman Sharma said the Commission was serious about the issue. He urged the government to seek solution through talks.

Laxman Lal Karna, CK Lal, Ashok Kumar Rai, Amaresh Narayan Jha, Devendra Yadav, Rajendra Prasad Shrestha, Manish Kumar Suman and Radha Kumari Kayastha had represented the parties in the meeting.