An extensive investigation by a judicial commission has found that weakness and ineffectiveness of the police administration in some cases during the Madhes (southern Nepal) agitations in January-February were largely responsible for the deaths of 21 persons (including a security personnel), injury of 1,951 persons (including 230 security personnel), and destruction of properties worth Rs 136.3 million (including personal, governmental and non-governmental). The commission led by Supreme Court justice Khil Raj Regmi submitted its report to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala today.
The government had formed the commission on May 25 to investigate and evaluate the destruction, impact and reason behind the Terai agitation. Initially, the judicial panel was asked to probe into repercussions of the agitation in Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Morang, Sarlahi, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Siraha, Saptari and Sunsari districts. However, the government extended in mandate to investigate into the violent incidents in districts such as Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Kapilvastu and Banke in February. (more about the report here)