Monday, August 21, 2006

Rayamajhi commission grills eight army officials

The high-level judicial commission headed by former Supreme Court justice Krishna Jung Rayamajhi which is investigating into the atrocities committed by the erstwhile royal regime to suppress the people’s movement-II interrogated eight Nepali Army officials on Monday.

The army officials who recorded their statements at the probe commission’s office today were Lt Colonels Sagar Bahadur Thapa, Niraj Poudel and Sagar Bahadur KC, Majors Umesh Karki, Sepchen Lama and Sahakul Thapa, Caption Dev Bahadur Chhetri and Lieutenant Sunil Khadka.

The probe commission said the army officers were interrogated on the basis of the evidences gathered during the field visits in various districts.

The commission has already interrogated some 150 individuals including then vice-chairman-duo of the royal regime Dr Tulsi Giri and Kirtinidhi Bista, former ministers, outgoing army chief Pyar Jung Thapa and other army Generals and security chiefs in connection with their alleged role in suppressing the democratic movement in April this year.

At least 21 pro-democracy agitators were killed and nearly 4000 others injured during the 19-day long movement

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