Student unions demand investigation into Darchula tuin incident

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Kathmandu: Five student organizations affiliated to the opposition alliance have demanded a quick investigation into the Darchula tuin incident.

On Friday, Jaya Singh Dhami, a 33-year-old local of Byas Rural Municipality-2, died after falling into the Mahakali river from a tuin—a makeshift cable designed to cross the river. Witnesses of the incident have said that the tuin was cut off by a personnel from India’s Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) just about when Dhami was reaching the other side of the river.

The student unions have demanded action against the alleged perpetrator.

The delegation of the students’ alliance has handed over a memorandum to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba against the “extremist acts of the SSB in the region”, according to GP Mainali, deputy general secretary of Student’s Union Revolutionary.

Over the years, the SSB has been at the center of several controversies taking place around the India-Nepal border points. The Indian paramilitary force has often resorted to opening fire following skirmishes between people from two countries.

Nepalis on social networks have vented ire against the SSB following the latest incident, calling for authorities to investigate the incident and punish those involved.