Probe into April 8 Lamahi murder begins

Dang, June 6:

The panel formed to probe firing and deaths of seven cadres of the Young Communist League on April 8 began its work.

Panel chief and Rajbiraj appellate court judge Govind Kumar Shrestha and members additional inspector general of police Keshav Baral and armed police force additional inspector general Narayan Raj Pandey are part of the seven-man team that is probing the incident. The team arrived here yesterday.

The probe panel has set up its offices in Ghorahi and Lamahi. Panel chief Shrestha said the team has talked to mid-western region administrator Dhruv Sharma, mid-western region security chief DIG Bharat Bahadur GC, Dang district Nepal Bar Association president Thakur DC, Dang INSEC representative Bimal Kumar Adhikari, Manavadhikar Jagran Manch coordinator Keshav Kumar Sharma, and media persons.

Shrestha said the team also visited the district offices of Nepali Congress, CPN-Maoist, CPN-UML and asked them to cooperate with the team in ascertaining the facts. The team will also speak to the kin of the dead and the injured. Two months ago seven Maoist cadres were killed while dozens more were injured in Lamhi of Dang two days before the April 10 CA polls. The Maoists were killed when the bodyguard of Nepali Congress candidate from constituency number 1 of Dang and former minister Khum Bahadur Khadka opened fire on the Maoists. DSP Dipak Kumar Thapa said the team was recording the statements of those police personnel who were deployed at the time of the incident.