Bereaved families left in lurch

- ABDhESH KUMAR JHA, MORANG

Jan 25, 2016-

The bereaved families of the three persons who were killed in police firing at Rangeli and Dayaniya in Morang on Thursday have been left in the lurch. 

Shibu Majhi, 27, who was shot as the Madhesi Morcha cadres clashed with police, was a homeless squatter in Dayaniya-9. His wife Shikha Devi is still unable to recover from the death of the sole breadwinner. “He was not a supporter of any 

political party,” said Ranjodevi, a relative.

Shibu’s two children are too young to sense the tragedy. They hope their father will one day return home. “Shikha Devi often collapses,” said Ranjodevi. Locals said the financial condition of the bereaved family is poor. 

The family of Mahadev Rishidev, another deceased, also has little interest in politics. Rishidev was hit by bullets when he was in Rangeli to see the Morcha’s rally along with his friends. He died at Golden Hospital in Biratnagar later.

“There’s no one to take care of us,” lamented Sita, Rishidev’s wife. “He did not listen when I pleaded with him not to go,” she said. There are five children in Rishidev’s family and no grown up male to work on 

the farm. Draupadi Devi Chaudhary, the third victim, was planning to return home after meeting her daughter in Rangeli on the fateful day. She managed the household affairs. Her husband Jayanath Prasad Chaudhary supports the Rastriya Prajatantra Party.

DAO recommends martyr status

MORANG: The Morang District Administration Office has decided to recommend that the three persons be declared martyrs. The DAO has agreed to write to the Home Ministry also recommending compensation for the bereaved families. Chief District Officer Toyam Raya said a meeting on Sunday had decided to form a committee to investigate into the incident. 

An all-party meeting organised at the DAO also assured free treatment for those injured in the protests. An agreement was reached to provide Rs25,000 for each of the three families to perform the final rites. Following the DAO decision, Morcha leader Mohammad Kadir said they would receive the bodies and perform the final rites on Monday. (PR)

Published: 25-01-2016 09:06

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