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Murderers out, victims’ kin upset

- JANAK NEPAL & THAKUR SINGH THARU, NEPALGUNJ

Feb 28, 2015-

After the government granted amnesty to three murder convicts in Banke, the relatives of the two victims have arrived at the district headquarters, seeking justice. They claim the government’s decision has put their lives at risk.

Gulam Hussain Salmani and his uncle Mansab Salmani of Betahani-3 were murdered on April 11, 2010. During the case hearing on October 2, 2012, a single bench of Judge Shekhar Poudel had slapped the accused Narendra Chaudhary, Kayum Khan and Meghnath Kurmi with life in sentence with confiscation of all their properties. One Majibur Sahman was also sentenced to three years in prison.              

However, a Cabinet meeting held on October 4, 2012 had taken the decision to withdraw the charges against the convicts, including, murder in the first degree, attempt to murder and robbery. The procedure to release the accused has reached its final stages following the start of execution of Cabinet decisions, recently. Victims’ family said they were devastated by the government’s decision and demanded justice.

“I had found some kind of resolve after the Court sentenced the killers of my husband and his uncle. But the recent decision has saddened me,” Gulam’s widow, Kalsun Salmani, said. “We don’t know as to how we will ever get proper justice when the government itself bails out

criminals.

Published: 28-02-2015 08:56

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