Raute chieftain falls off cliff, dies

  • Ain Bahadur Shahi
Raute chieftain falls off cliff, dies

Dec 27, 2014-

Ain Bahadur Shahi, Mukhiya (chieftain) of the nomadic Raute community, died after he fell off a cliff in Dailekh district on Friday evening. Shahi, who was in his mid-forties, fell off the cliff near the suspension bridge linking Dungeshwor and Malika villages, police said.

Shahi was returning to his settlement on the bank of Lohore stream in Malika-7 from Talledungeshwar Bazaar when the incident occurred, said Mansingh Shahi, a fellow Raute man who was with the chieftain at the time of accident.

It is suspected that the Raute Mukhiya was under the influence of alcohol when the incident took place.

Soon after the incident a police team led by Inspector Pushkar Bahadur Chand reached the site to record the details but the Raute community initially refused to cooperate with the officials. With the initiation local journalist Bhakta Bahadur Shahi, they finally agreed but declined to carry out post-mortem. “You are police of the state but not of the Rautes. You do your work and we do ours. We will not take the body to the district headquarters even if you shoot at us,” a Raute man told police.

As per the tradition of relocating themselves after the demise of a community member, the Rautes left their current settlement on the bank of Lohore stream at Malika-7 on Saturday. They had come to the area recently after the death of one Manbir Shahi at Khakawada-1. Manbir reportedly died of severe cold.

Ain Bahadur, then assistant Mukhiya, led a six-member team to the Capital some six years ago and met President Ram Baran Yadav and the then Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. He played a very important role to lobby the government to provide Raute people with social security allowance. The government currently provides a monthly allowance Rs 1,000 to each person from the community.

Ain Bahadur, who was the Mukhiya of Raskoti community of the tribe, is survived by a wife and two sons.

Published: 28-12-2014 10:28

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