2002-04-28 - incident - Dang district २०५९-०१-१५ - घटना - दाङ जिल्ला
Archive ref no: NCA-05246
Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- At about 3 p.m. on April 28, 2002 (Baishak 15, 2059), sixteen-year-old Bir Bahadur Thapa, a grade ten student, was arrested by a group of five or six civilian-clothed RNA soldiers from his home in Bijauri VDC, Dang district. The soldiers reassured the family they just wanted to ask Thapa some questions, and that he would return home soon. Villagers in the next village later told the family that the soldiers had ordered Thapa to run away -- a common tactic used by RNA soldiers, who then shoot the detainee and claim he was trying to escape -- but Thapa refused, and was then blindfolded and handcuffed.
- The family was unable to report the case immediately, because the state of emergency was declared soon after the arrest and they were afraid to leave their village. During the ceasefire, relatives went to report the "disappearance" to human rights organizations and the ICRC, and visited all the army barracks in the district, but learned no news. Another relative was arrested in August 2004 (Bhadra 2061), and was told by a subinspector at the regional police station in Ghorahi that Bir Bahadur Thapa had been detained there for three months, but was not told what happened to him afterwards.
- The family is adamant that Thapa was a student, and not involved in politics. However, Thapa's father is active in the political structures of CPN-M, and the family believes Thapa was "disappeared" because of his father's political activities.77