Parliament halts Alam's rights, facilities as MP

KATHMANDU: The House of Representatives (HoR) has halted the rights and facilities of Mohammad Aftab Alam, member of HoR, elected from Rautahat Constituency, on Tuesday.

As per HoR Regulations, Alam's rights as a Member of Parliament (MP) including facilities granted to him, remuneration, and immunity will be halted while he is in custody as investigation proceeds, stated Information Officer and Assistant Spokesperson at the Parliament Secretariat, Dashrath Dhamala.

Nepali Congress leader Alam was arrested on a murder charge.

Alam, who was heading to attend a feast at his relative’s house, was held from Idris Gate of Rajpur Municipality on October 13. A police team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nabin Karki from Rautahat District Police Office arrested Alam, also a former minister, on the charge of his involvement in an explosion in Rajpur Kharadawa on April 9, 2008.

The explosion had occurred while Alam was getting people to make bombs in his home with the intention of seizing election booths on the eve of the first Constituent Assembly election. Eight persons, including Oshi Akhtar and Trilok Pratap Singh of Yamunamai Rural Municipality, were seriously injured in the blast.

According to Rautahat DPO, MP Alam is accused of having packed the injured persons in sacks, killing them and dumping their bodies in a brick kiln belonging to his relative.

The decision to halt Alam's rights and facilities was taken after informing the Deputy Speaker of his arrest for investigation, stated a release issued by the Federal Parliament Secretariat.