Dolakha, May 16
Nepali Congress Dolakha today submitted a memorandum to the district administration office in protest of the death of one of its cadres in police firing during the election here today.
NC cadre Nakul Bhujel, 33, of Pawati, Melung Rural Municipality, died in police firing during the local election at the local Satyaswor Secondary School-based voting centre on Sunday.
Describing the incident as ‘murder’, Congress, in its memorandum has asked for compensation for the deceased’s family and action against the police officer responsible for the firing. While 2 million rupees has been sought as blood money, martyr’s status for the deceased, free education for his kids plus a government job for his wife are the other demands put forth. Besides, NC has also sought free treatment for 11 others who were injured in the incident, and re-election at the voting centre.
On his part, Inspector Binod Sunuwar, who was behind the fatal shooting, said he had to fire for the safety of the voting staff and the voters after a large group went on a rampage at the voting centre.
“I didn’t mean to kill anyone. As a security person deployed for the safety of the voting centre, I had to act,” he said, while former NC district president Tara Bahadur Koirala accused the inspector of intentionally firing. “Actually, he had fired targeting me, but missed and hit Bhujel,” claimed Koirala.
A version of this article appears in print on May 17, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.