Call to exercise restraint

Rautahat, Sept. 10: Civil society leaders here have called upon the sides concerned to exercise restraint, so as to stop the ongoing violence in the name of agitation.

The call was made in consideration of the possibility of social disharmony and violence escalating in the wake of the clashes that have erupted in Rautahat in course of the latest political developments and continuous banda.

Various elements have tried to take undue advantage of the situation in the demonstrations and agitation taking place at the call of various disgruntled groups including the United Democratic Madhesi Front, Tharu Kalyankari Sabha and National Muslim Struggle Alliance.

Talking to RSS, human rights worker Bipin Gautam said that the society needs to remain alert of the efforts being made to spread rumours and violence to bring social divisions and communal hatred. Though it constitutionally right to make demands, but that should not lead to violation of others rights, he said.

Likewise, Tika Ghimire, a human rights defender, said promoting disharmony in the society does not benefit any side and hence caution should be observed also in the use of social media like facebook and twitter.

The recent anti-harmony activities must be discouraged, he said.

Senior journalist of Gaur Prabhat Kumar Jha said wrong publicity and information may disturb the social harmony, and hence alert should be maintained. The government should also address the just demands of the dissenting forces on time, he added.

Meanwhile, in a joint statement on Tuesday, the UDMF and the Muslim Alliance have said that their attention was drawn by the statement issued recently by the National Human Rights Commission, and expressed the commitment to help defend and maintain social harmony. RSS

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