Punish culprits of fatal Tarai clashes, NHRC tells govt

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission on Sunday urged the government to probe into death incidents during the ongoing Tarai-Madhes protests and punish the culprits as per the criminal law.

Issuing a press statement today, the constitutional human rights body said its monitoring in the agitation-hit Tarai districts found that human rights situation was challenging in the region.

Likewise, the NHRC told the government to provide free treatment to those injured in the clashes and provide due compensation to the kin of victims.

NHRC Chairman Anup Raj Sharma along with some members and secretary had visited various Tarai districts including Bara and Parsa recently, according to the statement signed by NHRC spokesperson Mohna Ansari.

During the monitoring, the team had held meetings with political leaders including leaders of protesting parties, human rights activists, government staff and security officials.

They had also met family members of those deceased during the protests.

"Daily life and basic human rights of general people in the Tarai-Madhes were restricted by the prolonged agitation, irreparable loss of human lives and properties and the border blockade," the statement read.

The rights body reiterated that the government, major political parties and the protesters should seek a way-out to the crisis through meaningful talks.