Family collects teenage protester's body after two days

RAUTAHAT: The family of teenage protester who was killed in police firing in Gaur two days ago has collected the  body after the local administration and the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front forged an agreement on Tuesday.

After the four-point agreement between the representatives of UDMF and the Rautahat District Administration, Shekh Tabarej Alam's body was collected from the mortuary of District Hospital for his funeral. The 17-year-old student, who hailed from Tejapakad VDC, was a tenth grader at local Juddha Higher Secondary School. An autopsy was carried out before handing over the body to the deceased's family.

Hundreds of people took part in the procession and followed the vehicle that carried Tabarje's body from Gaur to some distance. It has been learned that Tabarej would be buried as per the Muslim tradition tomorrow morning.

The UDMF had demanded provision of compensation to the bereaved family and government job to one of the family members, formation of judicial committee to look into the fatal incident action against the security personnel involved in the shooting.

Holding a meeting of local security committee, the Chief District Officer, Narahari Baral, wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding martyrdom and provision of compensation to the family and job for a member of the family as sought by the protesters. The local administration committed in writing to investigate the shooting and take action against police personnel if they are found guilty.

Meanwhile, the local administration clamped curfew in the district headquarters from 11 am today.

Protesters, however, defied curfew and demonstrated at the BP Chok, near the District Police Office today also.

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