Police mutiny in western Nepal ends peacefully
Mutinous police and government representatives reached a deal to end two days of armed confrontation at a western Nepal barracks, with the release of 24 officers who had been held hostage, a media report said Tuesday.
The agreement came after talks between government representatives and the protesting policemen in Banke district, 400 kilometres west of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, on Monday evening, the Kantipur newspaper said, the dpa reported.
"The government agreed to investigate the alleged irregularities inside the barracks as well as inhumane treatment of lower rank policemen by officers," the newspaper quoted government representative Modraj Dotel as saying.
"We will also implement measures to improve the condition for the police and address issues raised during the protest," Dotel said.
The government had also agreed not to take action against those involved in the mutiny, which saw the lower rank policemen beat up several officers and lock 25 officers inside the barracks for nearly 48 hours.
The mutinous police had alleged the officers provided them with inferior quality rations and subjected them to mental and physical torture.
They seized mobile telephones from the officers to prevented them from communicating with people outside the barracks. They had also locked the main gates of the barracks.
Following the agreement the officers were allowed to leave the barracks.
Armed police were involved in a similar incident in Parbat district, 250 kilometres west of Kathmandu, on Sunday.
The incident ended peacefully.
The Armed Police Force, an independent para-military force, was set up in 2001 to fight the escalating Maoist insurgency.
The force currently has more than 15,000 men. With the end of Maoist insurgency, the force is increasingly used for riot control and border security.