Kin of Kabul attack victims press for compensationThe kin of Kabul suicide attack victims have called on the government to press the Canadian government to ensure compensation.
The kin of Kabul suicide attack victims have called on the government to press the Canadian government to ensure compensation.
Organising a press conference in the Capital on Monday, they said that the families of those killed in the suicide attack in the Afghan capital should get compensation in accordance with Canadian laws. Thirteen Nepalis
working as security guards
at Canadian embassy in
Kabul were killed and several others were injured after a suicide bomber hit a minibus on July 20.
“We got injured while working at the Canadian embassy. Many of our friends lost their lives. But it’s unfortunate that the government has failed to take initiative to ensure compensation from the Canadian government,” said Amrit Roka Chhetri who survived the deadly attack.
Victims’ families also accused the contractors of embezzling the insurance amount. Although the contractor had pledged $300,000 when the contract was signed in 2011, families of those killed in the suicide attack were provided only $30,000, according to them. They have also alleged that the contractors violated the contract by refusing to bear treatment expenses.
“We were given only $30,000 and forced to sign blank papers. It is a ploy to deprive us of the promised amount,” said Chhetri.
Victims’ families said that the Canadian government should provide necessary
support to them, recognising the services their family members had provided to Canadian citizens at the embassy.
Ganga Subedi, whose husband Bidur Subedi was killed in the attack, said that the victims’ families were devastated by the apathy shown by Nepal government.
“Nepal government is inflicting additional pain on us by doing nothing to ensure justice to us,” said Subedi.
However, Deepak Mohan Bhattarai, an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shifted the blame on the Canadian government. “The Canadian government is not keen to provide compensation to the families of those killed in the attack,” said Bhattarai. “The government will provide due justice to the victims of the Kabul attack. We will
seek legal redress in Canada itself,” he added.