Thursday, January 05, 2006

NHRC found 14 detainees found in two camps

Kathmandu Jan 5-The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Wednesday said it has completed inspection of two Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) barracks in Kathmandu as part of the commission’s drive to find out the conditions of persons missing after being arrested by the security forces.

According to a press statement issued by the commission, the NHRC teams made surprise visits at the Mahabir (ranger) Battalion in Chhauni and the Jagdal Battalion on Tuesday, inspecting entire blocks and shanties inside the barracks.

During the inspection, the NHRC teams found altogether 14 persons detained in the two barracks--nine persons including one woman in Jagdal Batallion and five men in Mahabir Battalion.

“Most of the detainees complained that they haven’t been allowed to see their families or contact others outside since their detention,” the rights watchdog said.

In Jagdal Battalion, the monitoring officials had met Dutta Bahadur Budha, Harischandra Budha and Bharat Pandey of Jumla district, Balram Chaudhari and Krishna Prasad Mainali of Kailali district, Ganesh Prasad Sharma of Dailekh, Buddhiman Sarki of Dolpa, Chhabisara Sunar of Bardia and Jit Bahadur Thapa of Palpa district.

Likewise, according to the statement, the commission team had found Hom Prakash Shrestha of Rukum district, Man Bahadur Malla of Salyan, Chakra Bahadur Thapa of Udaypur and Jaya Bahadur Gharti and Kal Bahadur Gharti of Rolpa district detained in Mahabir Battalion.

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