We are serious on Darchula incident: PM Deuba

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that he took the incident on the Mahakali River on Friday seriously. Understanding the memorandum of the chairpersons of the student organizations affiliated to the four ruling political parties, Prime Minister Deuba said that the government would work to solve the problem after investigating the incident.

Students organizations affiliated to the ruling party, Nepal Students Union, Akhil Krantikari, ANNISU, Samajwadi Vidyarthi Union and Akhil Chhatai handed over a memorandum to the Prime Minister on Saturday demanding an investigation into the incident. Local Jay Singh Dhami has gone missing after falling into the Mahakali River when an SSB man cut the tuin (Rope Bridge) while crossing Mahakali river on Friday. Condemning the incident, the students’ organization has demanded the government to stop the Indian atrocities against Nepalis in the border areas.

Similarly, the ruling party Congress has said that the Darchula incident is highly objectionable and inhumane and has requested for dialogue with India on the issue. Party spokesperson Bishwaprakash Sharma said in a statement on Saturday that he had drawn the government’s attention to all issues related to the incident. Sharma has demanded the government to provide justice to the citizens and provide relief to the concerned families. Similarly, leaders Mohan Vaidya (Revolutionary Maoist), Netra Bikram Chand (Communist Party of Nepal), Rishi Ram Kattel (CPN) and Ahuti (Scientific Socialist Communist Party of Nepal) have stressed on the need to make public the details of the Darchula incident and conduct a credible investigation into the incident.

The government has formed a committee headed by Home Secretary Maheshwar Neupane to investigate the incident, comprising Home Ministry spokesperson Phanindra Mani Pokhrel, Deputy Inspector General of Sudurpashchim Police Uttam Subedi and Assistant Chief District Officer of Darchula Jyotsna Bhatt Joshi. The Ministry of Home Affairs has directed the local administration to find out the truth about the incident. Ministry spokesperson Pokharel said in a statement on Saturday that a search was on for the missing person.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs remains silent, Waiting for on-site report

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is silent on the ‘inhumane incident’ in Darchula. Despite claims by locals and eyewitnesses that Indian border guards had blown up Tuin, the foreign ministry is awaiting on-site details and an official report. “Despite receiving information from the media about the Darchula incident, the Home Ministry has launched an on-site investigation to find out the truth. No details have been released yet,” Foreign Spokesperson Sewa Lamsal told The Gurkha Times.

She said she could not get further details as Saturday was a holiday. According to an official at the Nepali Embassy in Delhi, Councilor Yadunath Poudel and SSP Birendra Kumar Basyal on behalf of the Nepal Police and Indra Singh Lama’s team on behalf of the investigation have been directed to investigate the incident. Poudel was the CDO of Darchula last year. “Even though there is no possibility of going to Darchula from Delhi locally, work is underway to understand the Darchula incident with the help of the local level security mechanism and the district administration,” the official said.

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