Parliamentary committee to be formed to probe Rukum incident

5 June 2020, Kathmandu

Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR), Agni Prasad Sapkota today informed a special parliamentary committee will be constituted to study the Chaurjahari, Rukum West incident.

The committee will submit the report to the Parliament. The committee is to be formed in accordance with the Rule 177 of the House of Representatives Regulations-2075 BS.

Parties representing in the HoR will be consulted before proceeding to that end.

Some 6 youths of Jajarkot were killed when 21-year-old Nabaraj BK of Bheri municipality 4, Jajarkot went with 18 other friends to elope his girlfriend, 17, of Chaurjahari-8, Soti on May 23.

They had dived into the Thuli Bheri river when locals of Chaujahari thrashed and chased them away.

The bodies of all of them have been recovered from the river.

Nepali Congress (NC) had earlier demanded a special parliamentary committee to probe the incident.

Police have charged as many as 20 persons in the case. They have also arrested 18 people, including ward chairman Dammar Bahadur Malla.

Meanwhile, the District Court Rukum West has remanded 18 individuals to 10 days in custody for further investigation.

Police on Thursday had produced them at the district seeking extension of the remand.

They have been accused of attacking youths, including Nabaraj.

Police are yet to nab two more accused. The kin of the victims had filed an FIR against 20 individuals for their alleged involvement in the murder of six people.

Nawaraj BK, Ganesh Budha Magar, Sanju BK, Lokendra Sunar, Govinda Shahi of Bheri municipality, Jajarkot and Tikaram Nepali of Chaurjahari municipality-1, Rukum West had died in the incident on May 23.

On May 25, police had arrested 18 people including the ward chair of Chaurjahari municipality-8 Dammar Bahadur Malla, Nawaraj’s beloved Sushma and her parents.

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