Deputy Superintendent of Police to be suspended as Mass rally demands ‘Justice for Nirmala’

A crowd that had gathered today in Kathmandu as part of the nationwide movement carried out seeking justice for Nirmala Panta. People from various parts of the country held rallies today, marching to express solidarity and demand justice for Nirmala, who more than 50 days ago had been raped and murdered in Kanchanpur. The mass rally in Kathmandu was part of this country-wide initiative.

Meanwhile a high-level probe panel formed to investigate the murder of Nirmala Panta, 13, of Kanchanpur district and the situation developed after the incident has submitted its preliminary report to Minister for Home Ram Bahadur Thapa on Saturday.

Joint Secretary at the Ministry Hari Prasad Mainali-led team submitted its preliminary report to Minister Thapa suggesting that some security officers deployed from the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police for the investigations of the murder case failed to carry out their duty responsibly.

Thousands of people were seen participating in the march, which in addition to seeking justice for Nirmala also aimed at drawing the authorities’ attention to increasing instances of rape, rape followed by murder, other forms of sexual violence and violence against women.

The Ministry has said that direction has been given to suspend Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi, Deputy Superintendent of Police Angur GC, Police Inspector Jagdish Bhatta, Police Inspector Yekendra Khadka and Assistant Sub-Inspector of Nepal Police Ramsingh Dhami from today itself to forward the investigations into them. The government has already suspended Superintendent of Police and the then chief of the Kancahnpur District Police Office Dilli Raj Bista.

Likewise, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Joint Secretary Ram Krishna Subedi said that an order has been given to bring other persons pointed out by the report into the ambit of investigations.

The Ministry has also reiterated its commitment to bring into the book and take action against those whoever involved in the killing of Nirmala adding that the government was probing the case seriously.

Among some renowned personalities participating in the march was Dr Govinda KC. “I have come here seeking justice, I have come here demanding justice for Nirmala,” he said. “It is the state’s responsibility to immediately arrest the culprit(s) and then take action. At least for the sake of humanity, this should have been done. But lack of humanity and sense of responsibility is evident. The murderer must be forthwith arrested.”

Other prominent figures who were present in the rally were activist and littérateur Khagendra Sangraula, political commentator and writer Yug Pathak, activist Bandana Rana, politician Sunil Thapa, actor Richa Sharma, television personality Rabi Lamichhane among others.

Sunil Thapa, General Secretary of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Democratic expressed that being a father himself, he was there to express solidarity towards the cause and zero tolerance against such incidents of violence against women.

Nirmala Panta’s parents, who are presently in the capital city seeking justice for their daughter,  were also present in today’s rally to be a part of the mass initiative.

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