Duhabi Bazaar of Sunsari remained tense for the second consecutive day on Thursday after locals continued protest against the murder of Mohammad Fida Hussein. Locals, relatives, family of the victim have been staging demonstration from early today by keeping the dead body on the road and demanding resignation of Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa.
The locals became agitated over the second murder in the district under similar circumstances at a time when the police have clueless about the murder of Khursid Ansari. The have been criticizing the police administration for failing to find the killers even 24 hours have passed after the incident. The local administration has beefed up security in the area considering the tense situation.
Normal life in Duhabi bazaar has been affected with no vehicular movement along Biratnagar-Itahari due to the protest.
Two gunmen who came in a motorbike gunned down Hussein, an employee of Nepal Electricity Authority, at around 5:30 am while he was on a morning walk with his wife. He was shot on the banks of Sunsari Morang Irrigaiton Canal at Ranigaun. The deceased was the brother of Duhabi-9 Ward Chairman Mehandi Hussein and held a part-time supervisor job at Jaya Baba brick kiln.
The protestors have been staging sit-in by putting up a tent on Koshi Highway. They have been warning of continuing the protest until their five-point demand is fulfilled. They have been complaining that the administration has not shown seriousness to provide security to Muslim community despite repeated attacks on the Muslims. Sunsari Constituency-3 Secretary Om Thapa said he was surprised by the state’s negligence in the investigation of murder.
Meanwhile, Sunsari Police Spokesperson DSP Gyanendra Phuyal said the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has initiated investigation into the murder of Hussein. Local police source said a team under DSP Hira Bahadur Pandey has been looking into the murder.
Sunsari Chief District Officer Prem Prakash Uprety said a CIB team will play a role in finding the culprits behind the murder.
The protestors have been burned tyres on the road and demanding martyr status to the deceased, compensation to the family and employment to his son at NEA in his place.
Leaders of Muslim community have expressed concerns over the targeted killing of Muslims. Though police have arrested seven people in connection with the incident, their identities have not been revealed.
Earlier on September 20, Khursid Ansari, resident of Bhutaha and founder member of a private school, was also shot dead by an unknown gang. Police haven’t been able to find the murderers of Ansari.