2002-08-17 - incident - Bardiya district २०५९-०५-०१ - घटना - बर्दिया जिल्ला
Archive ref no: NCA-06610
Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- On August 17, 2002 (Bhadra 1, 2059), at around 6.30 a.m., a group of RNA soldiers detained six people in the village of Magaragadi, Magaragadi VDC-9, including twenty-six-year-old teacher Jilla Sandesh Tharu, thirty-eight-year-old Chuluwa Tharu, and nineteen-year-old Shree Ram Tharu. The army brought all six to the market place in the village, and asked the ward's ex-chairman to identify them. The ex-chairman did not identify Jilla Sandesh, Chuluwa, and Shree Ram -- although, according to their relatives, he knew them well -- and the soldiers drove these three away in a van. The three others were released.127
- A relative of Jilla Sandesh Tharu immediately went to the Rambhapur army post because she had recognized an officer from there -- Jamdar Mahendra Thapa -- in the group that had come to the village. She found out that the van with detainees had arrived at the Rambhapur post, but a soldier near the post told her that Jilla Sandesh was not inside.
- A week later, the family visited the Chisapani and Ranja army barracks. At the latter, an officer told them to bring Jilla Sandesh Tharu's photo. When they did, the officer said that the man "was taken from this barrack" to the Thakurdwara barracks to do some electricity work, and that he would be returned to the Ranja barracks three months later. The family has been unable to obtain any information regarding his whereabouts since then. The case was reported to INSEC and the ICRC.128
- Chulluwa Tharu's relatives paid 5,000 Nepli rupees (about U.S.$70) to a government official who promised to seek his release from the army, but there was no result. Soldiers at the Chisapani army barracks denied any knowledge of the arrests. The family reported the case to local human rights organizations and the ICRC. Two years after the arrest, a Nepali working for an international organization told the family that Chulluwa Tharu had been killed in army custody, but there has been no official confirmation of his death.129
- The relatives of all three men say they were never involved with the Maoists.