Probe panel to investigate Sarlahi clash

Kathmandu, October 31

Nepal Police has formed a three-member probe panel to investigate the killing of Nepali Congress cadre Rambilas Yadav, who was shot dead yesterday morning in a violent clash that erupted between Nepali Congress and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) cadres in Ramnagar Rural Municipality, Sarlahi.

Senior Superintendent of Police Shekhar Koirala at Federal Police Unit Office, Janakpur, will lead the panel. Yadav was shot at thrice after a clash between the ruling party and main opposition had started. Seven other cadres of NC also suffered injuries in the clash.

Nepal Police spokesperson SSP Uttam Raj Subedi told THT that the panel would investigate the case from all aspects. “It has been asked to come to a conclusion as soon as possible and arrest the perpetrators.”

A separate investigation team from the Central Investigation Bureau has already also been deployed to the incident site to start the investigation from its side. SSP Subedi said that Deputy Superintendent of Police Niranjan Bhatta of the CIB will lead the investigation from his unit.

“The CIB team will also assist the investigation team formed by the headquarters,” said SSP Subedi. Deceased Rambilas was also an uncle of ward chair Ram Naresh Mahato representing the NC. Ward Chair Naresh was thrashed ‘by the NCP (NCP) cadres’ a day before the incident, breaking his left leg and inflicting serious injuries on his head.

Eyewitnesses of the event said that the clash had erupted after the NC cadres rallied to protest on the attack on the ward chair.