General secretary of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum trade union leader shot dead in Birgunj

BIRGUNJ: The man who was shot dead in Murali Chowk of Birgunj on Friday afternoon has been identified as the general secretary of Madhesi Workers’ Forum, sister wing of Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum Nepal (MJF-N).
Ramakant Mandal was gunned down in front the Krishi Samagri Company Limited by two motorcycle-borne assailants. Earlier the victim was named as Rama Shankar Mandal.
Mandal was running a photocopy shop near the Parsa District Court.
With Mandal’s body, the MJF-N cadres made round of Birgunj Municipality to protest the murder.
They demanded that Mandal be declared a martyr, the bereaved family be provided with compensation and the guilty be booked.
At the corner meeting organised at Ghantaghar Chowk after the protest rally, Pradeep Yadav, Parsa district committee chairman of MJF-N, said that the killing corroborated security lax in the town.
Parsa DSP Diwash Lohani suspected that professional criminal groups might be behind the murder. “The real motive behind the murder is yet to come”, Lohani said. He said that further investigation was underway.THT

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