Dahal reaches out to victims of Badarmudhe bus ambush

Madi (Chitwan), December 3

CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal signed a three-point agreement with survivors and kin of victims of Badarmudhe blast in Madi Municipality, Chitwan, today.

Dahal signed the agreement at a left alliance function that was attended by CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli, in Madi today. Twenty-eight victims, including Krishna Tiwari, Mangali Pun and Bikash Lamichhane, have signed the pact for the victims.

The agreement states that survivors who are able to work will be provided with employment opportunity, seriously injured will get retirement fund, children of those killed will get free education and the treatment cost of the injured will be borne by the government.

The agreement will be implemented once the new government is formed after elections.

A passenger bus was ambushed at Badarmudhe in Madi Municipality by Maoist insurgents on June 6, 2005, leaving 39 passengers dead and 72 injured.

According to the agreement, a six-member committee comprising three members each from the CPN-MC and the victims will be formed to decide the amount to be refunded for treatment of injured persons and as relief to the kin of those who lost their lives.

A statue in the memory of those who lost their lives in the incident will be built in 10 bigha land.

Oli welcomed the agreement at the mass meeting in Madi.

Dahal acknowledged that Badarmude ambush was a mistake and pledged to implement the agreement.

Oli came to Madi in a helicopter, while Dahal reached there in a car. Madi is part of Chitwan-3 from where Dahal is contesting election.

However, after the agreement was signed a group of survivors and victims rejected the pact and floated new demands. Muktinath Neupane, chair of Badarmude Incident Victims’ Committee, has sought security for the kin of victims and survivors of the blast and punishment, in accordance with national and international laws, for those involved in the ambush. He added that those who lost their lives should be compensated and a museum be built in their memory, said a statement signed by Neupane. He claimed that the agreement signed today was only a  gimmick to entice voters.”