Dr. CK Raut injured in police attack, admitted to hospital: Alliance for Independent Madhesh
April 4, Jhapa: On Saturday, Nepal police intervened in a peaceful mass assembly of Madheshi activists in Rajgadh Market of Jhapa district, used excessive force on Dr. CK Raut along his supporters and arrested him including five dozen of activists working for freedom of Madhesh. Later, Dr. Raut was admitted in hospital due to injury.
A press statement issued by Alliance for Independent Madhesh said that among the person detained are Dr. Parmeshwor Murmur, Dr. Sanjay Sah, Rim Bilash Mehata, Saroj Sharma, Bishwewor Mandal, Tabrej Aalam, Tapeshwor Lal Karna, Asha Jha, Ashok Mehata, Jiwan Gupta, Symandanda Sharma, Chote Lal Soren from on the way and program venue.
The activists affiliated to the Alliance for Independent Madhesh were organizing a peaceful mass assembly, when the police suddenly intervened and arrested them.
Nepal police blocked members to attend the assembly who were coming from villages based on black skin color.
Dr. Raut told that if there is referendum for five districts of Terai (Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Kailali, Kanchanpur) there must be referendum for 22 districts of Madhesh for independent Madhesh.
The statement said that thousands of supporters who came from villages to participate in the peaceful assembly were harassed by the police on their way. Anyone of dark complexion who looked like Madheshi, an ethnic minority group of Nepal, going for the general assembly were harassed and physically manhandled by the Nepal police. This is a racially motivated aggression of the police towards the minority ethnic group and it exposes the color discriminating mentality of Nepal Police. The Government of Democratic Republic of Nepal is using excessive force to disturb the peaceful assembly of aboriginal ethnic minority civilians.
In the peaceful assembly, Dr. Raut asserted that the five districts of Madhesh (plain), naming, Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Kailali, Kanchanpur should not be merged with the Pahad (hill) districts because it defies the geographic logic and the desire of the majority of civilians living in those regions. Further, he challenged for a referendum on independence of Madhesh in the 22 districts of Madhesh.
Huge number armed forces are operating to disrupt the peaceful assembly since yesterday. The Government of Nepal has been using excessive force to disturb, harass, arrest and fire at civilians in the peaceful meetings since long time. GoN has been arresting the supporters and participants without any arrest warrants or on false accusation.
Alliance for Independent Madhesh (AIM) is an alliance of Madheshi people, activists, parties and various organisations working for the independence of Madhesh, through non-violent and peaceful means following the principles of Buddha, Gandhi and Mandela. The alliance advocates an end to Nepali colonization, racism, slavery and discrimination imposed on Madheshis. It stands for three pillars: (a) Independent Madhesh (b) Democratic System, and (c) Peaceful and Non-violent Means.
Acknowledging that the rights to freedom of speech, movement, peaceful assembly and association are the fundamental rights of all human beings everywhere, as also mandated by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which Nepal is a signatory, we expect acknowledgement and assurance of our rights from the state and its agencies. We also appeal to all the state and non-state agencies, human-rights organisations, journalists, political parties, diplomats and international communities to oppose any violation of human rights by the state and its agencies.
The Oslo Times