2004-03-18 - incident - Kathmandu district २०६०-१२-०५ - घटना - काठमाडौं जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- Thirty-eight-year-old Surendra Rai, a member of the ethnic Rai community, worked in a carpet factory in Kathmandu. On February 27, 2004 (Falgun 15, 2060), a group of four RNA soldiers in civilian dress came to the factory accompanied by a co-worker of Surendra Rai, who pointed him out to the soldiers. The soldiers detained Rai at the factory, but nine days later they returned Rai to his home and released him. On March 15, 2004 (Chaitra 2, 2060), two RNA soldiers in civilian dress came to Rai's home and asked him to accompany them. Other RNA soldiers were waiting outside the home. He was released again the next day and told to report to the Rajdal army barracks on March 18, 2004 (Chaitra 5, 2060). He went to report to Rajdal Barracks on March 18, 2004, as ordered, and was never seen again.
- A relative repeatedly tried to gain access to Rai at Rajdal barracks. On March 29, 2004 (Chaitra 16, 2060), the relative managed to fool a guard into believing that she had an appointment to see Rai. The soldier went to check, and confirmed that Rai was at Rajdal barracks but could not be visited. When the relative returned two weeks later, a guard at the gate went to check and told her that Rai no longer was at the barracks. Although the government included Surendra Rai 's name on a list of acknowledged detainees reportedly released, he remains in detention.
- The family reported the case to the NHRC, ICRC, and various human rights organizations, and received two letters from Rai through the ICRC. The letters confirmed that Rai was alive and in custody, but provided no information as to his whereabouts.
- Rai was not a member of CPN-M, but was active in Rai cultural organizations and a trade union. The co-worker who identified Rai to the soldiers had previously been arrested by the RNA on suspicion of being a Maoist.5