Families of Balkumari incident victims and Govt. reach 4-point agreement

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Kathmandu, Jan 2: A four-point agreement has been reached between the government and the families of the person who were killed during the demonstration that took place at Balkumari in Lalitpur last Friday.

The discussion held between the two sides at the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday led to an agreement whereby one member each of the family of the deceased will be provided suitable employment as soon as possible.

It has also been agreed between the two parties that in addition to the relief provided by the government, initiatives will be taken to declare the deceased as martyrs, the families of the deceased take the mortal remains while the Ministry will help deliver the mortal remains to the respective home town.

Under Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Umakant Adhikari, on behalf of the government, and Tek Bahadur Shah and Tek Bahadur Katuwal, on behalf of the deceased’s family, signed the agreement.

It may be noted that Birendra Shah of Chowrapati Rural Municipality-1 in Achham and Sujan Raut of Mahabu Rural Municipality-6 in Dailekh were killed after police fired at protestors during the demonstration that took place on Friday in front of Employment Permit System (EPS) Korea branch office at Balkumari.

Earlier yesterday, the government formed a commission of inquiry led by former High Court judge Shekhar Paudel to carry out a fair and objective investigation of the incident. Former Additional Inspector General of Police Arun BC and joint secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Narayan Prasad Bhattarai are other members of the commission.