Kathmandu: Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Renu Kumari Yadav, who had warned of repeating Gaur carnage, has claimed that her remarks were misinterpreted in a biased manner.
After drawing criticisms for her remarks, in a statement issued on Monday, Minister Yadav claimed, “I am deeply concerned about the recent misinterpretation of the expression for non-violence and carrying out political activities through a peaceful process.”
In the statement, Minister Yadav expressed her sadness stating that misinformation has been spread regarding her speech.
On January 19, Minister Yadav had told CK Raut that he could meet the same fate as those who were killed at the rice mill of Gaur in 2007.
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CK Raut’s Janamat Party has been launching a Farmers’ Movement in Tarai raising the concerns faced by farmers; as part of the movement, they have declared to boycott the ministers from the provincial and federal governments. They also tried to obstruct her entry in Gaur on Wednesday.
In a speech unbecoming of a sitting minister, Yadav said, “That rice mill still remains. If you want to face the storm we will repeat what happened in that rice mill.”
The rice mill is where more than two dozen of unarmed people had been mercilessly killed on March 21, 2007. Leaders and cadres of Madheshi Janaadhikar Forum (Madheshi People’s Rights Forum) stand accused of that horror.