2002-09-09 - incident - Banke district २०५९-०५-२४ - घटना - बाँके जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- At 3 a.m. on the morning of September 9, 2002 (Bhadra 24, 2059), a group of uniformed RNA soldiers came to Banaibar village in Naubasta VDC-8, Banke province. The soldiers went to many homes in the village, rounding up men as they progressed through the village and taking them to a large courtyard. After questioning the villagers, the soldiers took two of the detainees with them: thirty-year-old Fula Raj Tharu, a shopkeeper who had recently returned to the village after working for years in Kathmandu, and twenty-one-year-old Raj Bahadur Tharu, a farmer. Both families deny that the men were involved with CPN-M. The families do, however, state that a large group of Maoists had come to their village four months before the arrests, and that most of the villagers including themselves had been forced to feed and house two Maoists each for the night.
- The families of the two men repeatedly went to Chisapani Barracks for information about the detained men. For the first several days, the soldiers at the entrance gate admitted the two men were detained there, but refused the relatives entry. After three days, the soldiers told the families the army had not detained the men, and told them to go away. The families reported the case to the ICRC, INSEC, and other local human rights organizations.181