KATHMANDU: Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa clarified that police used force against those who took to the street against the Guthi Bill and obstructed the transportation system yesterday at Maitighar Mandala in Kathmandu.
Minister Thapa explained to the parliamentarians in today’s meeting of the National Assembly that police was forced to disperse the people who had slept on the road thereby bringing the traffic movement to a halt.
According to him, police initially used water canon to contain the protestors but later used force to arrest four protestors who blocked the road. They were later freed.
The general public, especially those from the Newar Community, had expressed their disagreement over the Guthi Bill that was tabled in the National Assembly and demanded its withdrawal.
Minister Thapa further said, ”It is the government’s responsibility to safeguard the people’s lives. If there was any use of force that was non-compliance with the laws, it would be found out through investigation. I express my sadness over the injury sustained by some protestors and security personnel in the incident.”
Parliamentarians Badri Prakash Pandey, Prakash Pantha and Ramesh Prasad Yadav univocally commented that Minister Thapa’s answer seemed to be very much ‘readymade’ and asked the Minister to clarify whether a probe committee had been formed.
They had questioned over the intention of the government and asked what the difference between monarchy and republic was if the government would be involved in such oppression.
Responding to the queries, Minister Thapa pledged to bring the erring protestors and security personnel to the justice, while noting that causing disruption on the road was not a democratic right and it was not peaceful to pelt stones on the police.
He also added that police would never intervene in any peaceful protests.
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