Late MP’s wife bemoans House indifference

Siraha, April 29:

The first meeting of House of Representative held yesterday following its revival did not care to make even a passing mention of its late member Hem Narayan Yadav of the CPN(UML) who was elected from constituency no 4 of Siraha district and was killed mysteriously.

For the last two years and three months, Yadav’s family members have been waiting to know the motive of the murder and see the guilty punished.

Yadav’s kith and kin said had been hoping that the first meeting of the revived house would at least express condolence for him. “Were I in the capital, I would have expressed my sorrow in Parliament,” said Yadav’s widow Paro Devi Yadav.

“I was watching the parliament proceedings telecast live yesterday. The name of my husband was not uttered even once throughout the meeting of the parliament,” Paro Devi told journalists at her residence in Siraha municipality ward-7. Yadav was murdered 27 months ago on February 2, 2004. He was abducted after he went to Dhangadhi (Siraha) in course of a party meeting and murdered later.

Human right organisations and the CPN(UML) both formed probe committees to investigate the murder. The government headed by former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba formed a committee under the coordination of former chief justice Top Bahadur Rayamajhi to probe the case.

The issue, however, went on the backburner after King Gyanendra dismissed the Deuba government. Paro Devi (50) said the leaders had told her they would probe the case after the formation of the peoples’ government. “My husband’s name was not pronounced in the historic meeting of parliament,” Paro Devi said.

She phoned UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal to remind him of the lapse, but she could not make contact. Late Yadav’s son Dr Navin Kumar Yadav said, “It is not difficult to catch the person guilty of the murder.” He added that as his father was murdered in course of doing party work he ought to be declared a martyr.

Siraha CPN(UML) district committee member Pramod Yadav said they were shocked when the first meeting of the revived House did not pronounce the name of late Yadav.