Friday, March 24, 2006

Court remands sacked cop Bagale

Kathmandu, March 24 - The District Court Kathmandu has remanded recently dismissed sub-inspector of police Hom Bahadur Bagale into 10 days of judicial custody, police said. He was arrested from the Kantipur Complex onTuesday.

Kesh Bahadur Shahi, superintendent of police at Kathmandu District Police Office (KDPO), said Thursday that Bagale was undergoing investigation under the Public Offence Act for using "abusive language" against the police organization.

Meanwhile, police produced a barber from Handsome Hair Dresser, who claimed that he had shaved Bagale's head for Rs 10 before the latter went to Police Headquarters. However, Bagale, who was also presented, challenged the claim saying that he was abused at Police HQ and half his head forcibly shaved. Fourteen human rights organizations have condemned KDPO's refusal of their request to meet Bagale, saying it was a breach of their right to investigate rights abuses. Issuing a joint press statement today, they demanded an independent probe into the affair and a meeting with the detainee.

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