Alleged Tikapur carnage conspirator Chaudhary elected from Kailali-1

DHANGADHI: Alleged prime conspirator of Tikapur carnage, Resham Lal Chaudhary has been elected as a member of the Federal Parliament from Kailali Constituency No. 1 with a huge margin of winning votes.

Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) candidate Chaudhary, who is on police's wanted list, cornered his competitors of left and democratic alliances with a difference of 20,935 votes.

Chaudhary secured 34,341 votes while his close contender Madan Kumari (Garima) Shah of CPN-UML garnered 13,406 votes followed by the Ishwari Neupane of Nepali Congress with 11,203 votes.

In the election to the State Assembly, NC and RJP-N each has won a seat in the district. RJP-N won from Constituency No. 1"Ka" with 12,184 votes while NC's Janak Chaudhary has received 9,308 votes. Similarly, In Constituency No. 1 "Kha", NC's Rana Bahadur Rawal mustered 9,434 votes against CPN- Maoist Centre's candidate Nep Bahadur Tharu (Chaudhary)'s 8906 votes.

Chaudhary had submitted his nomination in the election through the power of attorney. Chaudhary is said to have conducted campaign secretly in Kailali-1 where the majority population comprises of the Tharu people.

Celebrating the victory, Chaudhary said, "People have opened the gates of Singhadurbar for me now."

The newly elected Memeber of Federal Parliament is allegedly involved in stirring the carnage in Tikapur in which eight security personnel, including then Seti Zonal Police Chief Laxman Neupane and a two-year-old child were killed during the Tharuhat agitation demanding a separate province, on August 23, 2015.

Police have filed a case of murder against 28 persons in connection with the incident. Earlier, the District Police Office (DPO), Kailali, had indicted 58 persons for their alleged involvement in the fatal incident. Chaudhary is one of them, who is still on the run.

Meanwhile, Kailali Superintendent of Police (SP) Binod Ghimire said the accused perpetrator of Tikapur incident would be booked and handed over to the court at any cost.