2002-04-17 - incident - Banke district २०५९-०१-०४ - घटना - बाँके जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- On April 17, 2002 (Baishak 4, 2059), a large group of uniformed RNA soldiers came to Channawa village in Samserung VDC-4, Banke district. The soldiers asked for the location of the home of thirty-four-year-old Bhagawati Prasad Tharu. When they reached Bhagawati Prasad Tharu's home, they woke him, took him outside, and began kicking him with their boots. They then tied him up and took him away. Bhagwati Tharu had previously served as the village chairman of the royalist RPP party; his family is adamant that he had no CPN-M connections, although they and the families of the other two men "disappeared" that night admit to providing food and shelter to a group of Maoists about five months prior to the "disappearances." The family explained that they had no choice: "If we didn't provide food to the Maoists, they would have killed us."193
- The same group of soldiers also arrested thirty-five-year-old Pahadi Tharu, a farmer who was feeding his buffalos that morning. During the arrest, the soldiers began kicking Pahadi Tharu with their boots and accused him of being a Maoist. Thirty-two-year-old Raj Kumar Tharu, a social worker implementing a children's education project in the village for an international NGO, was also arrested from his home.
- None of the three men were ever seen again. The families believed the men were taken to the nearby Chisapani Army Barracks and tried to gain information there soon after the arrests, but they were told that the army didn't arrest people and ordered to go away. The families reported the case to the ICRC, NHRC, and to local human rights organizations.194