Cabinet called to discuss Saptari incident put off for tomorrow

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Cabinet, which was called by the Prime Minister to discuss yesterday's fatal incident in Saptari, has been put off for tomorrow.

The Prime Minister’s press adviser Govinda Acharya said the meeting was postponed for 2 pm tomorrow.

A tweet on Dahal's official handle said the meeting was put off due to special reason, without specifying it.

आज बेलुका ६.०० बजे सिंहदरबारमा हुने भनिएको मन्त्रीपरिषदको बैठक विशेष कारणवश स्थगित भएको व्यहोरा सम्पूर्ण पत्रकार मित्रहरुमा अनुरोध छ।

— ☭ Comrade Prachanda (@cmprachanda) March 7, 2017

Acharya, on the other hand, said the Cabinet will meet after the government side holds a meeting with the Madhesi parties. Dahal is likely to meet the Madhesi leaders tomorrow morning.

Three protesters, who were among those trying to disrupt CPN-UML's function in Saptari, were killed in police firing yesterday.

After that, the alliance of Madhesi parties -- United Democratic Madhesi Front -- announced a two-day strike in Tarai districts. Local UDMF leaders in Saptari said the strike in the district will continue for an indefinite time if their demands are not met.

Their demands include judicial probe into the incident, action against security officials, provision of compensation to the bereaved families, treatment of the injured, and official recognition of the deceased as martyrs.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and DPM Bimalendra Nidhi, who looks after the Home Ministry, had said that the Cabinet will take appropriate decision over the issues related to the Saptari incident.