Nepal Government Calls Protesting Groups for Talks

The government of Nepal has called all the groups protesting in terai region for talks. According to reports, today’s special meeting of the council of ministers called all groups protesting in terai region for talks to solve the impasse. The cabinet also decided to give one million rupees to each person killed during the protests in Lahan district. Two protestors have been killed during the protest programme held after the murder of a student, Ramesh Mahato, reportedly by a bullet fired by a Maoist cadre, during a rally called by the Madhesi Janadhikar forum. The meeting also decided to provide free treatment facilities to all people injured during the protests in Lahan.

The meeting also approved the judicial commission formed by the Home Ministry to probe the Lahan incident. The Home Ministry had formed a three member judicial commission headed by Judge of Patan Appellate Court Janardan Bahadur Khadka to probe the incident. Yesterday’s meeting of the ruling seven party alliance and the Maoists asked the government to form high level commission to probe the Siraha incident and also provide appropriate compensation to the families of the deceased people.

Nepal Army Sets Up a Separate Battalion for Madhesis

23 Jan As per the decision of the government of Nepal made in July last year, the Nepali Army (NA) has set up two separate battalions with the objective of including Madhesi and Kirat community. According to NA spokesperson Brigadier General Ananta Thebe, the Naya Sabuj battalion has been set up at Jaleshwore of Dhanusha to include Madhesi community whereas Ripumardini battalion has been set up at Hile of Dhankuta to include Kirat community, reports Nepal Samacharpatra daily. Thebe informed that both battalions were already in operation. In the Naya Sabuj battalion, people from only Madhesi community will be recruited whereas in Ripumardini battalion, people from only Kirat community will be recruited.

Nepali Army spokesperson Thebe added that there are over 50 indigenous communities working within the organisation of the NA. He said there are over 7000 army personnel from Madhesi community currently working in the NA. Likewise, there are over 6000 army personnel from Dalit community within it. The news report about the formation of a separate battalion for Madhesi community has come at a time when groups like Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM) have accused that Madhesi community were not included in administration, police and army organisation.