2003-12-19 - incident - Kathmandu district २०६०-०९-०४ - घटना - काठमाडौं जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- At around 4 p.m. on December 19, 2003 (Poush 4, 2060), three RNA soldiers in civilian clothes arrested thrity-five-year-old farm owner Mukunda Sedai in a tea shop in Bhimsenthan, Kathmandu. The shop owner told the family that the soldiers ordered everybody in the shop to put their hands up, asked the customers whether they were involved with the Maoists, and then called Sedai by name and took him away.
- Two days later several dozens soldiers came to search Sedai's house in Swayambhu-15, Kathmandu, and the neighbors saw that Sedai himself, blindfolded, was with them. However, when the family asked the soldiers about Sedai, they denied having him in custody.
- A month after the arrest, Sedai sent his family a letter saying that he was being held in the Chhauni army barracks. His cell mate later informed the family that Sedai was there but that he might later have been transferred to another barracks.
- A relative went to the Chhauni barracks but was told that detainees were not held there. The family filed an application with army headquarters, police headquarters and armed police headquarters, and reported the case to NHRC, Amnesty International, and ICRC. Both the police and the armed police denied holding Mukunda Sedai, while the army has never responded.
- The family is adamant that Sedai was never involved with the Maoists or any other political party. He owned a small farm Jivanpur-6, Dhadhing district and was coming to Kathmandu to sell vegetables. The family believes that other villagers have reported on Sedai to the army, accusing him of supporting the Maoists.8