Nepal | January 23, 2021

Bhaktapur abduction accused killed in police custody: NHRC

Himalayan News Service
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KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 16

The National Human Rights Commission has ruled that police personnel killed Gopal Tamang of Sindhupalchowk and Ajay Tamang of Nuwakot while they were in their custody.

A woman trying to comfort Chameli Khadka, the mother of Nishan Khadka, who was killed by his abductors, in Bhaktapur, on Monday, August 6, 2018. Photo: Balkrishna Thapa Chhetri/THT

Nepal Police had claimed that Gopal and Ajay Tamang, accused of kidnapping and murdering 11-year-old boy Nishan Khadka, were killed in an encounter. The alleged kidnappers were killed in Surya Binayak forest in Bhaktapur district on 6 August 2018, the same day when the boy was found buried in a pit dug for laying the foundation of an under-construction house belonging to local Shyam Lavat at Nagadesh Tole, Madhyapur Thimi. Police had concluded that the boy was strangled using a handkerchief.

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NHRC has asked the government to take action against the then deputy superintendent of police Rugam Bahadur Kuwar, sub-inspectors Dipendra Chand, Prashanna Malla and Ranjit Lama and Assistant Sub-inspector Rajan Khadka for their role in the ‘extra-judicial killing of the Tamang duo’.

The NHRC also asked the government to provide Rs 3 lakh to the family of Nishan Khadka and Rs 1 lakh each to the families of Gopal Tamang and Ajay Tamang.

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A version of this article appears in print on October 17, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


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