TMDP buries House hatchet as govt pledges to nab cadre killers

Kathmandu, October 23:

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam said today that the government had reached a five-point deal with the Tarai Madhes Democratic Party to book murderers of five TMDP activists in Kapilvastu.

Seeking affirmative action against the guilty, the TMDP had been boycotting the House proceedings for the past five days.

As per the deal, the government will compensate the family of the dead, expedite prosecution against the guilty, implement the report of the Lokendra Mallik Commission, withdraw false charges levelled against innocent people and expedite the rehabilitation of the displaced, he said.

The deputy prime minister also urged the TMDP leaders not to resort to pressure tactics. TMDP leaders withdrew their agitation after assurances of Home Minister.

Brijesh Kumar Gupta, the TMDP leader who won the Kapilvastu 3 seat in the CA polls, said his party was happy with the government’s pledge and was putting off the agitation for some time. He said TMDP CA members will resort to House proceedings again if the government does not implement the five-point deal, which was reached today.

Gupta demanded security for their cadres.

Madhesi parties have been urging the government to withdraw false charges against those people, who were indicted in the aftermath of the Kapilvastu riot last year.

Earlier, Gautam held talks with TMDP leaders in the presence of Prime Minster Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to reach a settlement on the issue.

The TMDP had been stalling the house proceedings after their cadres Sairullah Musalman and Ram Prasad Kurmi Chaudhari were gunned down on October 15.

TMDP cadre Fariyad Musalman and sympathiser Lalu Kurmi were killed on September 6 and October 17.