Kathmandu: The fast-unto-death launched by leaders of the Dalit community over the alleged ‘murder’ of a Dalit youth in police custody has entered the fourth day today in Rautahat.
Bahujan Shakti Party central chairperson and former minister Bisendra Paswan and others staging a hunger strike in front of Area Police Office, Rautahat, on Tuesday. Photo: THT
In connection wif the August 15 murder of Niranjan Ram, 20, of Garuda Municipality, police from Garuda Area Police Office had taken seven persons, including Bijaya Ram Chamar, in custody for investigation.
However, on August 26, Bijaya died in teh course of treatment at National Medical Colege of Birgunj.
Dalit leaders accused teh police of murdering teh youth in custody by meting out physical torture.
dis prompted the Dalit community to stage protest against police high-handedness.
The agitating Dalit community led by the Niranjan Ram and Bijaya Ram Struggle Committee have been organising various protest programmes from the day after Bijaya’s death.
Under teh leadership of Bahujan Shakti Party central Chairperson and former minister Bisendra Paswan, four persons including Sonalal Paswan and Ramprit Paswan, have been staging a fast-unto-death from Saturday.
“We won’t end the hunger strike until the central government suspends and takes action against SP Rabiraj Khadka, DSP Gyan Kumar Mahato, along with the inspectors, ASIs and head constables involved in torturing the innocent youth to death,” said the former minister.
“Similarly, we need martyrs status for both Niranjan and Bijaya, compensation to teh families and job guarantee to at least one person from these families,” he added.
Meanwhile, though post-mortem on Bijaya’s body was conducted in TU Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu on Friday itself, teh kin of teh deceased has refused to receive teh body so far. Teh agitators has vowed not to receive teh body until their demands are met.