2003-12-03 - incident - Kathmandu district २०६०-०८-१७ - घटना - काठमाडौं जिल्ला
Archive ref no: NCA-11092
Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- Alleged Dates of Arrest3 December 2003
- According to consistent testimony, from September to mid-December 2003, approximately 70 detainees were being kept in the Hall. In order to accommodate these numbers and to minimize the chances of communication, detainees were placed with their head and feet in alternating directions. From late November to mid-December 2003, four key detainees occupied the only cots (camp beds) used in the Hall, positioned in the four corners of the Hall: Krishna KC and Himal Sharma, the principal ANNISU-R student leaders, and Bhim Giri and Nischal Nakarmi, students involved in other aspects of CPN-M activity. Their position on cots allowed guards to watch them more closely but also gave these individuals a view, when they risked peeking beneath their blindfolds, of all detainees who came and went. Other detainees also could peek from beneath their blindfolds with relative ease, but at risk of beatings.
- The list of 49 individuals includes many of those detained in the Hall who were removed and never seen again during the last week of December 2003. Some former co-detainees recall, in particular, the night 20 December 2003 (5 Poush 2060). This date became significant only in hindsight; after they noticed that a large group of detainees who were taken out on that night or within one or two days of this date had not returned. As on many other nights, guards entered the Hall and removed individuals quietly. Some detainees were asleep and did not notice anything unusual. Others, however, observed their co-detainees being escorted outside of the Hall. One former detainee said that he was also taken out of the Hall and loaded into a truck but then finally left behind. Another former detainee said he pretended to need the toilet and observed the loading of individuals into a truck at about 10pm before he was taken back to the Hall and told his turn would come another day. A third former detainee remembered that RNA soldiers who came that night were wearing boots, unlike the more quiet canvas shoes of the guards. He said that they entered the Hall at about 10:30pm. He said he remembered how Bhim Giri was woken up by a guard and taken away. He could hear the sound of trucks outside. He also heard the sound of radios.