Man on the run set to walk into ParliamentResham Chaudhary, wanted by police over “masterminding” an attack on security personnel two years ago, has won a seat in the House of Representatives (HoR) from Kailali-1.
Resham Chaudhary, wanted by police over “masterminding” an attack on security personnel two years ago, has won a seat in the House of Representatives (HoR) from Kailali-1.
Chaudhary, who was running on the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal ticket, has secured more than double the votes of his closest rival Madan Kumari Shah of the CPN-UML, which along with the CPN (Maoist Centre), has completed a clean sweep in the HoR and Provincial Assembly elections held on November 26 and December 7. The Tharu leader garnered 34,341 votes against Shah’s 13,406 votes.
Chaudhary, who had filed his nomination through his representative Indra Chaudhary, stands accused of masterminding an attack on security personnel in Tikapur of Kailali in August 2015 when protests against the to-be adopted constitution were at its peak. Eight cops were killed.
Around 50 people were killed in the run-up to and after the promulgation of the constitution in protests in district along the plains by Tharus and Madhesis arguing that the charter does not address some of their major concerns.
Chaudhary, who did all his election campaigns through social networking sites and audio and video recordings, has been in hiding since the incident.
Police on Tuesday said they would arrest Chaudhary “the moment he emerges from hiding”.
“He [Chaudhary] is our most wanted criminal. Our team has been looking for him,” said DIG Manoj Neupane, spokesperson for Nepal Police, hours after Chaudhary was declared winner in Kailali-1.
Chaudhary had earlier denied masterminding the attack on police and stated that the state was conspiring against him “to derail the Tharu movement”.