Paudel died in exchange of fire: Thapa

By A Staff Reporter

Ram Bdr Thapa Badal_1Kathmandu, June 25: Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ said on Monday that district in-charge of outlawed Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’ group was shot dead in an exchange of gun fire.
Speaking at the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee under the Parliament, Home Minister Thapa said district in-charge Kumar Paudel was killed during a two-side gun firing at the roadside Lakhandehi forest of Lalbandi Municipality-1 in Sarlahi district at around 2:00 pm on June 20.
“Four persons were travelling on two motorcycles, one of them on-test motorcycle, and all of a sudden, they left the motorcycles seeing the policemen and started opening fire at police, who were on a regular patrolling, and in retaliation one died on the spot, while three others fled the scene,” Home Minister Thapa, said while furnishing the queries raised by the members of the parliamentary committee.
“The deceased was later identified as Kumar Paudel, the district in-charge of Sarlahi of the outlawed group, on the basis of the pamphlets and other identities recovered from the spot,” Home Minister Thapa said. Paudel, 47, was a permanent resident of Bagmati Municipality-2 of Sarlahi district.
During the meeting, Minister Thapa said that the cadres of the Biplav-led group were issuing death threats to the local representatives, businessmen, and traders of Lalbandi and Hariwan areas of the district forcing them to provide donation.
The group was also creating terror among the public, he added.
Following numerous complaints against their movements in the area, the District Police Office, Sarlahi had beefed up police surveillance and was patrolling the area, and in the same course, the incident happened, the Home Minister said.
After the exchange of fire, three fled the scene, and among them, one had sustained bullet injury. Police have intensified search operation of the absconding members, he said.
Police had also recovered one US-made revolver, home-made gun, and six bullets and electric wires, and pamphlets resembling Biplav’s statement.
Meanwhile, the Committee meeting has given a one-week deadline to the Ministry of Home Affairs to submit a probe report on Paudel’s death. The committee chairperson Shashi Shrestha and other members gave direction to the Ministry to submit the report. The Committee members also inquired the Home Minister and IGP of Nepal Police Sarbendra Khanal on the incident.
IGP Khanal, during the meeting, urged the Committee members to investigate into the case and get informed about Paudel’s past life and his involvement in criminal activities. IGP Khanal had briefed about various allegations labelled against Paudel and his past involvement in armed violence.
IGP of the Armed Police Force Shailendra Khanal also attended the meeting.
Lawmakers and members of the Committee had questioned the Home Minister how a person’s hands could be broken at six/seven places who was said to be killed in police encounter?
Former Home Minister Janardan Sharma speaking at the meeting demanded that the report on the incident should be made public.
The police and the government’s report claimed that Paudel was killed in an encounter, but on the eyes of the public and Paudel’s family members, the incident could not appear what the police had claimed.
The family members of Paudel should get justice from the government, he said.
After the question answer session, Home Minister Thapa expressed his commitment that the government would prepare and submit the report to the Committee based upon the available facts and proofs from the spot. 

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