2002-01-22 - incident - Kaski district २०५८-१०-०९ - घटना - कास्की जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- At 7 a.m. on January 22, 2002 (Magh 9, 2058), a group of RNA soldiers came to Dulegaunda VDC ward 7, apparently searching for CPN-M cadres who were responsible for the previous month's destruction of a police post located one hour's walk away. The RNA soldiers arrested nine men from the ward that day, of whom eight were released over the next months. However, one of the detainees, thirty-two-year-old Tanka Sharma, remains missing. The family denies that Sharma had any CPN-M affiliation.
- After their release, the other detainees told the family that they had all been held together at the Fulbari army barracks for the first five days. Sharma complained of severe chest and stomach pains at the time, apparently from beatings he had received, and begged the soldiers to see his six-month old daughter "one more time." After five days, the other eight men were transferred away from the Fulbari army barracks, and lost contact with Sharma, who remained behind. About one month after his detention, the family was informed that Sharma had been seen in the company of army soldiers, presumably being used to point out suspected CPN-M members during army patrols.
- Following his arrest, relatives regularly went to the Fulbari army barracks and to the CDO office to seek information about Sharma. Later, the family was directed to the Bijayapur army barracks in Kaski district, and was repeatedly told to come later because Sharma was "out with the army." Then, the army battalion stationed at the Bijayapur army barracks was transferred to Gorkha district. When the family sought information from Gorkha district, the army denied any knowledge of the case. The family informed the ICRC and INSEC of the "disappearance," but has received no news about the fate of Sharma.57