2004-03-25 - incident - Kathmandu district २०६०-१२-१२ - घटना - काठमाडौं जिल्ला
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Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- At about 3 p.m. on March 25, 2004 (Chaitra 12, 2060), two RNA soldiers in civilian dress detained thirty-four-year-old Arjun Ojha while he was buying groceries in the Kalimati market of Kathmandu. Later that same day, at about 7 p.m., a group of about ten RNA soldiers came to the apartment of Ojha and asked a relative where Ojha was, and why he had not reported to Khanikhola Police Station that day, as he was required to do (see below).
- Ojha's relatives learned of the arrest the next day, and reported the detention to the ICRC, NHRC, Amnesty International, and other human rights groups. A second person arrested together with Ojha3 was released after about three months, and informed the family that he had been held together with Ojha at the Chaunni army barracks for thirty days. During this period, according to the released detainee, Ojha had been severely beaten by RNA soldiers and had suffered injuries to his chest. The family was unable to obtain any more information until late September 2004, when they received a one-minute phone call from Ojha, who told them he was "fine inside," but was unable to state where he was being held.
- Ojha was originally from Goganpani VDC in Dhading district, but was living in Kathmandu, working as a construction supplies dealer, at the time of his arrest. He had earlier been active in the Maoist movement, but surrendered himself on January 28, 2002 (Magh 15, 2058) to the RNA. After his surrender, he was held for fifteen days at the Dhadingbesi army camp, and then transferred to the CDO's office in Dhading, where he spent ninety days in detention under TADA. After his release, he was required to report regularly to the Khanikhola police station. He did not resume his Maoist activities after his surrender, according to family members.4