A three-point agreement reached between CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and a section of the Badarmude bomb blast victims has drawn flak from various quarters including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Maoist insurgency victims’ groups.
Madhavi Bhatta, a member of the TRC, has taken strong exception to the agreement, saying it goes against the spirit of transitional justice. “With elections just days ahead, Pushpa Kamal Dahal has tried to buy votes. We are extremely concerned. that Dahal’s agreement calls into question investigations into the conflict era cases by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the possibility of fair trials,” she said. “This agreement can influence the course of justice.”“Political parties, elections and war crimes are different things. Dahal has tried to get away with war crimes and counter the TRC’s investigations by turning it into an election agenda,” she further said.
At least 38 people were killed and 72 others injured when the then Maoist rebels ambushed an overcrowded bus at Bandarmude in Madi, Chitwan, on June 6, 2005.Chairman Dahal, who is running for parliament from Chitwan, reached the agreement with Badarmude victims during a poll campaign organized in Madi by the left alliance. The agreement is to provide the families of the deceased and the injured employment opportunities or allowances as needed and to construct a memorial on 2.5-acres. The agreement was reached between Chairman Dahal and five representatives of victims of the incident.