Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Police refuse to register case against MPRF
The District Police Office (DPO) Rautahat has refused to register murder cases filed by the Maoists against more than 100 cadres of the Madhesi Peoples' Rights Forum (MPRF) for their alleged involvement in the Gaur massacre.
The DPO rejected the cases since it suspected the charges were biased, police said. As the Maoists mentioned the names of even other party leaders in their list of the guilty, police decided to register the cases only after investigations, sources said. "As the names of some persons having no connection with the killings featured on the list, it was difficult to register the cases without study," police said.
"The DPO has referred the matter to higher authorities," said Superintendent of Police Yogeshwor Romkhani.
For security reasons, the police have kept secret the names of those accused by the Maoists.
At least 27 Maoist cadres were killed in the clash with MPRF supporters at Ricemill area at district headquarters Gaur on March 21. Five Maoist cadres are still missing since the incident, according to the Maoists.
The Maoists have expressed fury against the police authorities for not filing the cases. Samir, district committee member of the Maoists, accused the police of dillydallying in registering the cases.

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