2002-09-06 - incident - Dang district २०५९-०५-२१ - घटना - दाङ जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- On September 6, 2002 (Bhadra 21, 2059), a group of dozens of RNA soldiers in civilian dress arrived at about noon in the village of Paharwa, Duduwa VDC, Dang district. At the time, the villagers were taking part in the Guruain festival. The soldiers moved through the village, arresting men apparently at random and taking them to the river area where the festival was taking place. Near the river, the soldiers beat the detainees, and then blindfolded and tied the hands of thirteen men, who were taken away. Several of the men were later released, while one of the detained men, Shree Harsa Subedi, was found dead that night near the village. Six of the detained men remain missing.
- Forty-one-year-old Sohan Lal Chowdhury was at his home being measured by a tailor when the tailor warned him that soldiers were approaching. Sohan Lal Chowdhury told the tailor he had done nothing wrong and had no reason to be concerned. When they reached the home, the soldiers asked for Sohan Lal, who came outside and was ordered to accompany them. He was never seen again by his family. According to his family, Sohan Lal Chowdhury was a farmer who had nothing to do with CPN-M.66
- Twenty-five-year-old Som Raj Chowdhury, a former bonded laborer, was grazing his cows when soldiers asked him to come with them, and was not allowed to go home. His family never saw him again.67 His family is adamant that he was not a Maoist.
- Three other farmers were similarly arrested: thirty-seven-year-old Kuira Chowdhury,68 thirty-three-year-old Chanak Lal Chowdhury,69 twenty-three-year-old Jagi Chowdhury70, and seventeen-year-old Khushi Ram Chowdhury .71 All of their families deny the men were involved with CPN-M in any way.
- Human Rights Watch managed to locate one of the men who had been detained with the others but was later released. The released detainee explained that all of the detainees were taken to the Tulsipur army barracks, where the soldiers photographed them, and then beat them severely with fists, boots, and bamboo sticks. The men were detained together in a single room for four days, after which the three detainees who were later released were taken to the Ghorahi District Police Post and lost touch with the others.72
- The families reported the "disappearances" to the ICRC, INSEC, and other human rights organizations.73 The VDC chairman went to see the CDO about the "disappearances" right away, but the army denied that the men were in custody, so he returned home without any news. Nothing has been heard about the "disappeared" men since they were last seen alive at the Tulsipur army barracks by the released detainees.