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Krishna Adhikari

Krishna Adhikari On 6 June 2004, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, a resident of Fujel village of Gorkha District, was murdered in Chitwan District by Maoist cadres. Krishna Prasad was visiting his grandparents after having taken the SLC examinations, and he was abducted from Bakullahar Chowk by men who came on a motorcycle ...
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Maina Sunuwar

Maina Sunuwar Around 6 am on February 17, 2004, a group of RNA soldiers arrested Ms Maina Sunuwar, a 15-year-old schoolgirl of Kharelthok VDC-6, Kavre district. She disappeared since her arrest. Her family members, with support from villagers and school where Maina was a student, visited detention centers ...
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Sanjeev Kumar Karna

Sanjeev Kumar Karna Sanjeev Kumar Karna was one among the 11 persons arrested on October 8, 2003. On that fateful day, they had gone to attend a picnic program organized by the students at a place called Kariyachauri VDC-4, and from picnic, they went to Kataiya Chowri Area of Dhanusha district where they ate some food ...
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Arjun Bahadur Lama

Arjun Bahadur Lama, 48 years in age, permanent resident of Chhatrebas VDC -5, Dapcha in Kavre district was abducted by a group of Maoist cadres, three in number, on 29 April 2005 (2062.1.16 BS) from the premises of Sri Krishna Secondary School at Chhatrebas VDC-1 of the district.
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Hari Prasad Bolakhe

Hari Prasad Bolakhe, 35 (while missing) a permanent resident of Phulbari VDC-8, Kavre district, a pastor by profession, had been missing since the arrest December 27, 2003, was reportedly killed by security persons. A team of National Human Rights Commission discovered a human skeleton in a jungle ...
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Sarala Sapkota

Around 11 p.m. on July 15, 2004, a group of 12 armed soldiers arrested Sarala Sapkota at her grandfather’s house. The family, who witnessed the arrest, stated that soldiers gave Sarala no reason for her arrest. After her arrest, Sarala’s family went to Baireni barracks and the DPO ...
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Birendra Shah

On the evening of 5 October 2007, Mr. Birendra Shah, 34, resident of Inruwasira VDC-8, Bara district, a local journalist of Bara district and correspondent of Nepal FM, Avenues Television and Dristi weekly, was abducted by Maoists from Pipara Bazaar in Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara ...
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Bishwanath Parajuli, Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang

Three persons namely Bishwonath Parajuli (also called Nagendra Parajuli), Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang of Hasandaha VDC, Morang were shot dead by the security personnel on 28 September 2004. According to the eyewitnesses, other victims and the villagers, about 16 people were arrested ...
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Chot Nath Ghimire and Shekhar Nath Ghimire

Chot Nath Ghimire, a 58-year-old farmer, resident of Ishaneshor VDC-4, Ratamate Majhpokhari of Lamjung district was allegedly arrested by the Joint Security Forces of Joint Security Camp stationed at Bhorlatar VDC, Lamjung district on February 2, 2002 (2058.10.20). The security camp called Mr. ...
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Bhauna Tharu

Bhauna Tharu (Bhauna Chaudhary in the citizenship card), 21 years old male (at the time of the incident; Date of Birthe: 8 September 1978), son of Purna Bahadur Chaudhary, permanent resident of Sujanpur village, Neulapur VDC-4, Bardiya district, and an employee of Rastriya Gobar Gas, Gulariya, ...
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Close Encounters

Stories from the Frontline of Human Rights Work in Nepal

Close Encounters
During Nepal’s armed conflict and its aftermath, human rights violations not only scarred and destroyed the victims but had a devastating effect on the lives of human rights defenders.
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Maina Sunuwar

Maina Sunuwar
Extrajudicial killing
In the morning of February 17, 2004 Soldiers picked up 15-year-old Maina Sunuwar from her home. When her friends and relatives went to the Lamidanda barracks the following day and demanded her release, the army denied having arrested her. In April 2004, the army told Maina’s mother Devi that her daughter had been killed. Maina’s body was exhumed from inside the Panchkal Army Barracks in March 2007.

Under pressure, the army prosecuted three of the perpetrators in a military court. Although convicted, they were sentenced to only six months in prison which they did not serve as they were judged to have already spent that time while confined to barracks during the investigation.

(On January 10, 2007, the family lodged a writ at the Supreme Court to force the police to proceed with the investigations. On September 18, 2007, the Supreme Court ordered the Kavre DPO to complete the investigations within three months.

On February 3, 2008, murder charges were filed in the Kavre District Court, and summons for the arrest of the four accused were issued.
November 13, 2005
Yes (after a Supreme Court order)
Between March and July 2008, subpoenas were served on the defendants’ addresses requiring them to appear in court. In February 2009, the court re-issued the subpoena to Niranjan Basnet which was duly served on April 27, 2009.

On September 13, 2009, the District Court ordered the NA Headquarters to immediately proceed with the automatic suspension of Major Niranjan Basnet and for all the files containing the statements of the people interviewed by the Military Court of Inquiry to be produced.
The army provided a copy of the judgement, and copies of statements given by four accused to the court-martial to the Kavre District Court. However, none of the other 34 documents listed in the Court Martial judgement have been provided.

On November 17, 2009, examination of 7 witnesses took place at the Kavre District Court. (All of them, including Devi Sunuwar (Maina’s mother), testified to what was written in their statements.
One of the accused, Captain Niranjan Basnet, was repatriated from UN peacekeeping duties in Chad. The Prime Minister on December 13, 2009 directed the NA to produce Major Basnet in the court but the NA did not follow this order. The military police picked up Basnet from the airport and took him to army headquarters.

On August 20, 2010, Kavre District Court sent an order letter to Dolakha District Court to seize the property of Niranjan Basnet.

In response to a similar letter relating to the property of Amit Pun, the Kavre District Court received a letter from Rupandehi District Court saying that there is no person called Amit Pun and there is no property in the name of a person by that name at Anandban VDC-9, Rupandehi district.

Kavre District Court sent a letter to Nepal Army Court Martial Department
asking the latter to send photocopies of the statements of Bobby Khatri, Niranjan Basnet, Amit Pun and Sunil Prasad Adhikari to General Military Court within 7 days.

Kavre District Court sent a letter to Kathmandu District Court on 29 July 2010 asking the latter to seize the property of Bobby Khatri and Sunil Prasad Adhikari and send the information regarding it.
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