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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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Torture Victims Awarded Compensation

Kathmandu 04 Feb 2015: On 3 February 2015, the District Court Khotang gave verdict in the torture cases that were filed separately by 9 torture victims on 17 May 2013. The Single Bench of District Judge Ishwori Prasad Gautam ordered to provide compensation of NPR 75,000/- to Dinesh Rai whose right leg was broken and NPR 50, 000/- to Gandhuram Rai whose right hand was broken due to police torture and take departmental actions against Assistant Sub-Inspector Shyam Poudel, the then in charge of Police Office Halesi and Sub-Inspector Netra Bahadur Shrestha, the then In charge of Police Office, Dhitung, Khotang district.

The incident took place in the morning of 20 April 2013. Dinesh Rai, 40 said, "We were buying a sweat towel (gamchha) from Shree Ram Prints outside the Halesi temple near the gate. We had an argument with the shopkeeper. The police suddenly charged lathi on us. Then I returned to the hotel where I had stayed. After a while there arrived some policemen under the command of ASI Shyam Poudel and reportedly beat me with sticks and kicked me randomly with boots by taking me out from the hotel. I was dragged towards the nearby police station. Once in the police station, I was tortured by beating with sticks. Due to the police torture my right leg was broken."

Another victim Gandhuram Rai, 27, said, "After police started lathi charge I ran away from there and returned to the hotel where I was staying. However, after a while there arrived 3 policemen. While arresting me SI Netra Shrestha hit me with a riffle butt on my right hand and other policemen beat me with sticks on my back and bottom. Once inside the police station they handcuffed me with another detainee Milan, took us to a room, forced us to lie down on the floor face down and then ASI Shyam Poudel stepped on our heads with boots and beat on our bottom, back and legs with sticks for about 5 minutes. Due to the police torture my right hand was broken."

In the incident 7 other victims including minors and women were also ill-treated, verbally abused and tortured by police. They had also filed cases under Torture Compensation Act – 2053, before the District Court, Khotang, However, the Court dismissed their cases based on insufficient documents to prove torture on the plaintiffs.

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