The Nepal Police on Thursday claimed that the alleged abductors Ajay Tamang and Gopal Tamang were killed in a clash with police and they were not killed extra-judicially as reported in the media.
A senior police officer briefed Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa about the incident and asserted that the Tamang duo was not killed extra-judicially, according to a source at the Home Ministry.
“The police killed them in self-defense,” the source stated.
Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa was in Indonesia when the incident occurred. He returned home Wednesday night.
IGP Sarbendra Khanal will also meet Home Minister Thapa to brief about the incident. IGP Khanal is currently out of Kathmandu Valley.
Earlier, Home Minister Thapa, speaking during a meeting of the State Affairs Committee of the parliament on Thursday, assured probe into the killing of abductors. “The official position of the government about the killing has not yet been announced. We will launch a probe to form our position,” Home Minister Thapa said.
Nepali Congress (NC) lawmaker Devendra Raj Kandel demanded the police officers concerned including the IGP be summoned by the committee for interrogation about the killing of alleged abductors.
The police administration has been widely criticized and accused of killing the alleged abductors in order to conceal its failure to save the abducted 11-year-old boy Nishan Khadka.
Two alleged abductors Ajay Tamang, 23, of Karthali Sindhupalchowk, and Gopal Tamang, 22, of Samari Nuwakot were killed in the police operation on August 6.