Conflict management task force starts collecting victims’ details from Rukum

Rukum, March 20

The task force formed to submit report to the government on conflict victims has started its work from Rukum.

Conflict victims were deprived of government relief.

A five-member task force that will collect details of conflict-affected individuals and families reached the district today.

The task force held discussion among stakeholders on disputed issues and the victims’ recommended name list that were missing.

Coordinator Ram Chandra Ghimire of the task force said that they had reached conflict-hit Rukum and Rolpa districts and started work.

Former coordinator Devi Lal Gautam of the Local Peace Committee, Rukum, said that hundreds of people were victimised by both the state and the rebel sides during conflict era. “Justice has to be provided to victims who were deprived of government relief,” he advised. Participants at the programme stressed on including the names of victims, who were missing in the list of the task force in the district.

The names of 136 who were abducted, 201 who were injured, 25 orphaned children were recommended from the district, but their names were not included in the task force’s report.

As per the Local Peace Committee statistics, as many as 19 dead persons and four missing persons’ names were not found in the committee’s report.

Meanwhile, Rukum Chief District Officer Bansi Kumar Acharya said that everybody has to work as per the criteria to provide justice to the victims. Similarly, spokesperson Subash Chandra Yadav of the task force said suggestions from stakeholders were taken seriously. “We have been working hard to include all the victims,” he said.