2002-10-02 - incident - Bardiya district २०५९-०६-१६ - घटना - बर्दिया जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- On the night of October 2, 2002 (Ashoj 16, 2059), about five hundred RNA troops, some uniformed and some in civilian clothes, surrounded the village of Madaha in Motipur VDC-5.
- At around 1 a.m., a group of soldiers came to the parental home of thirty-four-year-old Khagga Tharu and his twenty-three-year-old brother Kala Ram Tharu. Keeping the family at gunpoint, the soldiers first walked Khagga Tharu away from the house, and shortly thereafter the family heard gunshots from across the field. Soon afterward, a group of soldiers brought Khagga Tharu 's body back and put it on a wooden bed taken from the house.117
- Meanwhile, other groups of soldiers detained four other men from the village Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Khaga Tharu's brother Kala Ram Tharu, forty-nine-year-old Badhu Tharu, twenty-six-year-old Babu Ram Tharu, and one other man. The soldiers ordered the four detainees to carry the bed with Khaga Tharu's body and escorted them out of the village.
- Kala Ram Tharu, Badhu Tharu, and Babu Ram Tharu have not been seen since then. The body of Khagga Tharu was also never returned to the family, and thus he numbers among the "disappeared." The fourth detainee was released a week after the arrest and told the families that after the four men brought Khaga Tharu's body to a military van parked in a neighboring village, they were blindfolded and brought to the Rambhapur army post. He was transferred to Chisapani Army Barracks and released from there, but did not know what happened to the other three.118
- The relatives of the "disappeared" men went to the Chisapani barracks, but the soldiers did not let them in. They also inquired at the Ranja army barracks, but army officials told them the detainees were not there. The case was reported to INSEC and NHRC.
- Badhu Tharu was a farmer and a member of CPN-UML, a party not affiliated with the Maoists. Babu Ram Tharu was not involved with CPN-M, but had a sister who was an active CPN-M member. Both Kala Ram and Khagga Tharu were Maoist activists for about a year before their arrest.