‘Onus on govt to look after victims’ families’

Ramechhap, August 16

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Co-chair and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal today said that Doramba of Ramechhap would be developed as a war tourism site.

Speaking at the 15th Doramba Killing Memorial Day in Doramba today, Dahal reiterated that Doramba had made a great sacrifice in the movement of republicanism in the country and said that the site would be developed as a war tourism site in honour of those martyrs killed there 15 years ago.

“As many as 21 soldiers of the rebel army were killed by the then Royal Nepal Army while the former were holding a district level meeting at Doramba during peace talks between the government and the Maoist army at Hapure of Dang on 3 August 2003. This incident was premeditated by the royalists to foil the peace process. Hence, the government should take responsibility for the family members and education of the children of the victims,” said Dahal.

However, the martyrs’ families present at the function complained that they were distributed sweet assurances for the past 15 years.

Kanchhi Lama, wife of then People’s Government Chief Babu Ram Lama, who was killed in the incident, said that they were living only with the false dreams of party leaders for the past one-and-a-half decade. Dahal had reached Doramba for the first time today.