HAQUE MURDER

  • Probe teams begin work; funeral today
- Jitendra Khadga, SAPTARI

May 22, 2013-

A government probe team has begun investigations into the murder of Sadrul Miya Haque, a member of the dissolved Constituent Assembly (CA).

The three-member team led by Additional Inspector General of Nepal Police Dinkar Sumsher Rana arrived in the district on Wednesday afternoon.

Chief District Officer (CDO) of Saptari Hari Krishna Poudel said the probe team and a team of the Central Investigation Bureau have started investigating the murder. “The teams will find out the facts within two-three days,” he said.

Haque, who was elected CA member from Constituency No 5 in Saptari district as an independent candidate, was found murdered in a room at his petrol pump in Kalyanpur-2 on Tuesday morning.

A post-mortem of Haque’s body was carried out at the Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences on Wednesday morning.

After the autopsy, Haque’s relatives and supporters took out a ‘funeral rally’ in Kalyanpur that went through various places in the area. Haque will be laid to rest on Thursday.

Relatives and enraged locals, meanwhile, staged demonstrations at various places in the area on Wednesday as well.

The demonstrators demanded that the culprits be brought to book immediately. Demonstrators burnt tyres and blocked the East-West Highway in several places in Saptari, Sunsari and other adjoining districts, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

CDO Poudel, along with security officials, held discussions with local representatives of various political parties and the local people to resume transportation, but in vain.

The protesting locals have been demanding the home minister himself visit the area and assure them that the guilty will be arrested soon.

Will do our best: Home Ministry

KATHMANDU: Expressing deep sorrow over the killing of former lawmaker Sadrul Miya Haque, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) on Wednesday said no stone will be unturned to bring out the truth. A MoHA statement said the government sprung into action by deploying all its security mechanisms and forming a probe panel as soon as it learnt of the murder.

“The government is serious about the murder of such a popular Muslim leader like Haque,” the statement said, adding that the government is committed to arrest the “criminals behind this cowardly act.” The brutal and cowardly murder of Haque is a great loss for the nation and the Muslim community, it further said. MoHA also extended its consolations to the bereaved family. It also urged the agitating people not to block the roads and highways for a long time.

Meanwhile, the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) condemned the murder and said the party was shocked to hear of the news. Party General Secretary Jitendra Narayan Dev said such an incident at a time when elections are being planned has created serious challenges to the security system. (PR)

 

Published: 23-05-2013 09:35

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