2003-04-02 - incident - Dang district २०५९-१२-१९ - घटना - दाङ जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- On April 2, 2003 (Chiatra 19, 2059), twenty-one-year-old Birju Chowdhury walked from his home village in Tribuwan VDC, Dang district, to the market of Ghorahi, the district's headquarters, to sell some vegetables his family had grown and to obtain some supplies. After visiting a shopkeeper he knew, Birju Chowdhury was arrested by RNA troops from Ghorahi Army Barracks, who informed the shopkeeper of the arrest. The shopkeeper unsuccessfully tried to convince the soldiers that Birju Chowdhury was merely a farmer and had nothing to do with Maoist activities.
- Upon learning of the detention, the family immediately contacted government officials in Ghorahi. An ex-mayor of Ghorahi contacted the Ghorahi army barracks on the family's behalf, and was informed that Birju Chowdhury was undergoing interrogation, but would be released in due time. Over the next few months, released detainees repeatedly informed the family that they had seen Birju Chowdhury in detention at the Ghorahi army barracks. The family reported the case to various human rights organizations, who in turn informed the ICRC and NHRC of the "disappearance." About six months after his arrest, the family stopped receiving new information about the whereabouts of Birju Chowdhury .63