UML slams govt for withdrawing Tikapur cases

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'It rubs salt into wounds of victims'

The main opposition CPN-UML on Friday has slammed the government for impunity granted to those involved in Tikapur lynching. The Cabinet meeting on Thursday had decided to withdraw cases of the Tharuhat and Madhes movement accepting them as political movement.

"The government has rubbed salt into the wounds of victims who were awaiting justice," a press statement issued by the party read. Eight persons including seven Nepal Police personnel, including an SP, and a kid were lynched in Tikapur of Kailali in August, 2015 by Tharus ahead of constitution promulgation. The party has warned that such decision--ignoring repeated orders and directives by the Supreme Court and National Human Rights Commission, and violating rule of law and internationally accepted norms of human rights--will institutionalized impunity and promote criminal mentality.

The Private Secretariat of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal earlier on the day had made it clear that the cases related to those accused of heinous crimes in Tikapur of Kailali and other places would not be withdrawn.

Issuing a press release on Friday, PM's private secretariat said not a single case of atrocious crimes has been taken back nor was there any situation for doing so.

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