Govt. effortful to make law and order stronger: DPM Gautam

काठमाण्डु टुडे २०७२ भदौ १ गते १४:३८ मा प्रकाशित

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Kathmandu, Aug. 18: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Bamdev Gautam, has said that the government was effortful to protecting life and property by strengthening peace and security.

The DPM asserted that the government was doing this even in the face of the adverse impact the different protest programmes including district shutdown, strike and demonstration are having on normal life of people across the country. Such programmes were organised expressing dissatisfaction over the delineation of federal provinces.

Informing the today’s meeting of the State Affairs Committee of the Legislature Parliament about contemporary scenario of the country, DPM Gautam said some forces were bent on not allowing promulgation of new constitution as well as involved in forming a parallel government and another constitution after promulgation of new constitution.

He said, “It has been seen that the power challenging country’s sovereignty and integration has been hatching plot to create violence. We are working as per the law and within the boundary of Home Ministry in course of maintaining peace and security and we will not lag behind from the responsibility.”

DPM Gautam said there is a provision in the law and fundamental rights that anybody can wage agitation and protest programme, but there was no right to launch agitation hampering others and snatching others’ rights. “It is the responsibility of the government to open highways as it belongs to all, not only the locals,” he said.

The Home Minister said that there was no discrimination on the basis of caste and gender while bringing demonstrators under the control by police.

Committee members stressed that the government should not arrest those who demonstrate putting forth genuine demands.

Stating that the agitators should not do anything that puts peace in peril, the members of the Committee argued that the government should also not use force upon the public demonstrating in peaceful manner and pressing for valid demands.

Suggesting that the State Affairs Committee should also help the government in maintaining law and peace in the country, they suggested the government to further probe into the audios of the some lawmakers where they were recorded to have of expressed anti-national opinions in the public.

Recalling a past incident when the DPM Gautam was manhandled by police when he was trying to cross the prohibited area during the democratic movement, Gautam clarified the police’s intervention in the Kamal Thapa led rally trying to enter the CA building in the light of obedience of law.

Police recently had tried to control the rally led by former Home Minister and Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal Chairperson Kamal Thapa when they were entering the Constitutional Assembly building.

Responding to the lawmakers’ query regarding the amendment of Armed Police Force (APF) Regulation, Gautam said that since the State Affairs Committee had already directed the amendment in the Regulation, it was appropriate to issue a new directive examining whether it abides by law or not.

According to the new Regulation, APF has been mandated to arrests the alleged culprit under the suspicion circumstances.

Expressing dissenting voice over the amendment of the APF Regulation, lawmakers Ishwori Neupane, Jayanta Chand, Mahendra Shrestha and Lokmani Dhakal among others stated that the government amended the Regulations against the State Affairs Committee directive.

On Monday’s meeting of the Legislature-Parliament, some lawmakers submitted the Speaker Subas Nembang audio records of few lawmakers’ controversial anti-national remarks made in public programmes.

Speaker Nembang has sent those audio to the State Affairs Committee to investigate into the audios.

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