By the Maoist or those who want to defame the former rebels and/or create communal tension in the area?
It all seems like a purely criminal incident: Two unidentified persons came on a motorcycle in Birpur village at around 8:30 am and shot dead Mohit Khan, former chairman of the district vigilante group set up against the Maoists during the armed conflict. The situation became tense as supporters of Khan started protesting and that turned violent prompting authorities to clamp curfew in Kapilvastu from 1:30 pm. But here is the political angle:
The Maoists had organized a weeklong strike (bandh) in the district three months back demanding relocation of a security base camp set up at Khan’s brother’s house. And some pro-Khan demonstrators reportedly claimed that the two involved in Khan’s killing were Maoist cadres.
Whatever the claim, there are many questions unanswered as security forces are trying to bring situation under control with the help of the ongoing curfew and surge in backup. Were Maoists the killers? Or was this the incident orchestrated by those who want to defame the Maoists and create problem? Was this an ill effort by those who want to create religious tension in the area? Some reports suggest that vandals have targeted religious sites.
An Armed Police Force man has died when armed demonstrators hurled a bomb over a convoy carrying policemen. Yet another person reportedly died in the protest. The District Administration Office of neighboring Rupandehi district has also imposed indefinite curfew in Butwal from 2 pm to contain the spreading violence. As reports suggest there was exchange of fire between the police and the angry locals, it shows that people with arms were involved. Reports also hint involvement of professional criminals from southern side of the international border which signals that the incident could have been pre-planned. A credible investigation and strong action against the perpetrators is a must.