Opposition parties call for legal probe into alleged abduction of Surendra Yadav

Opposition parties call for legal probe into alleged abduction of Surendra Yadav

Three Opposition political parties – the Nepali Congress (NC), Rastriya Prajatanta Party (RJP), and the Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal (JSP-N) have demanded the government to probe the alleged abduction of People’s Socialist Party Nepal lawmaker Surendra Yadav. The political parties have called for immediate action against the people who were involved in the alleged kidnapping of the Federal Parliament member.

As per reports, Yadav alleged that he was forced by two lawmakers of ruling Nepal Communist Party and a former chief to Nepal Police to come to Kathmandu from his residence in Mahottari district in an attempt to break the Upendra Yadav-led Socialist Party. Following the incident on April 23, the lawmaker went to the Metropolitan Police Range in Kathmandu to register a complaint against three people – NCP lawmakers Kisan Shrestha and Mahesh Basnet, and former IGP SarbendraKhanal. However, the Kathmandu Police declined to register his complaint against the three. After the police, the Kathmandu District Government Attorney Office also refused to register Yadav’s complaint.

In the wake of these developments, top leaders of the three opposition political parties held a meeting at NC headquarters in Sanepa and released a joint press statement stating that the ‘Yadav’s abduction was a crime and those involved in the crime must be punished’. As per the statement, the political leaders also condemned the KP Oli government saying that it is moving towards the path of totalitarianism, adding that they will be united and fight against such actions. Reportedly, opposition parties have also joined hands to stage a protest against the KP Oli government, demanding legal action against the alleged abduction of Yadav.

Meanwhile, the accused in the matter have been claiming that Surendra Yadav had agreed, and not ‘abducted’ to come to the capital city to talk to the Prime Minister. In the meeting, the opposition leaders also criticized the government over the lack of a promising action plan for the protection of citizens amid the Coronavirus pandemic. They also demanded the government to come up with relief measures to help the people survive the ramifications of the prolonged nationwide lockdown and also to increase the scope of COVID-19 testing. The country has reported 54 Coronavirus cases out of whom 16 have recovered.

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