Three years on, govt relief not in sight for bereaved father

Hetauda, June 5:

Moti Lal BK of Faparbari VDC-2 in Makawanpur did not have any choice but to knock on the district administration office here for relief that he has been due to receive for three years.

Moti Lal said his son Kul Bahadur was abducted by the Maoists in August, 2005 on the charge of spying for the then Royal Nepal Army and murdered. “My financial condition was so pitiable that I could not perform last rites of my son properly,” he said. The Maoists had, then, promised compensation.

Time passed by, but the compensation never came, he told this daily, adding that when he reminded the Maoists of their promise, he was threatened. He lamented that he never got to see his son’s body.

BK was not sure whether he would ever be able to receive the compensation as the government’s call to register the cases by the conflict victims has expired.

President of the Conflict-hit Assistance Group, Makawanpur, Tej Prasad Chaulagai, said over 105 conflict victims had not got relief in Makawanpur. The district-level peace committee headed by the NC Makawanpur president Michael Ram Chandra Aryal had not been able to call a meeting, Chaulagai alleged. Those victimised by both the government and the Maoists are now helpless, Chaulagai said.