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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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APO Kohalpur Files FIR against Nepal Army

5 June 2013. Area Police Office (APO) of Kohalpur, Banke District on 2 June 2013 finally responded to the mandamus order of the Appellate Court of Nepalganj issued on 26 December 2012 in which the court had ordered the APO and District Police Office, Banke to register the First Investigation Report (FIR) and initiate prompt investigation vis-à-vis the extra-judicial execution of Kranti Abhilashi Devkota at the hands of Nepal Army.
Radha Devi Devkota, mother of the victim, had filed a writ petition at the Appellate Court on 14 August 2012 requesting necessary orders including mandamus to the police to register the FIR. Kranti was murdered by soldiers from Chisapani Barracks in 2001. He was not carrying any arms and he had surrendered to the soldiers pleading for his life. Despite this, the soldiers shot him to death. Radha Devi tried to lodge an FIR at the Area Police Office, Kohalpur and later at District Police Office, Banke against guilty soldiers including the then Major Ajit Thapa and Captain Ramesh Swar but the police refused to register it. She then had to knock at the doors of the court for justice. After many hearings, the court finally arrived at the decision to order the police to file the FIR. But the victim had to frequent the court as the full text of the order was not prepared for a long time.

Five months after issuing the order, the Appellate Court Nepalganj sent a letter with a copy of the order attached to it on 19 May 2013 to the police. Radha Devi, then, approached the Area Police Office, Kohalpur with lawyers and human rights defenders on 30 May 2013 for the FIR. Policemen, however, refused to register the FIR saying that the chief officer was not there and they had to ask the higher authorities whether to register it or not as it was conflict-era case.  Finally, on 2 June, did the police register the FIR.

The police had previously refused to register four other FIRs relating to conflict and later registered them after the order by the Appellate Court, Nepalganj. Even if 120 FIRs relating to human rights violations during conflict period have been registered across the country, there has been no substantial progress into the cases except that of Dekendraraj Thapa.
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