Govt accused of torturing detainees

Kathmandu, February 5:

The All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) today accused the government of torturing detained students by denying them basic human right to clean drinking water and the right to regular medical check-up. It alleged that the medical team was not allowed to meet the detainees.

Ananda Shrestha, ANNFSU zonal president, Sunita Rokka, Hom Raj Mainali, Nabin Gautam, Santosh Pokhrel, Pashupati Bhandari and Kamal Dhungel were kept handcuffed in prison as they were charged in public offence cases. The other leaders, also under detention, were provided with only Rs 15 worth facility.

ANNFSU general secretary Thakur Gaire said that police beat up Rupesh Khatiwada and Saroj Yadav. The police lashed the soles of the two’s feet with rifle butts. Both were detained at the Kirtipur ward police office in the night, according to an ANNFSU press release.

Hira Bahadur KC, who is detained at the Kamal Pokhari ward police office, has boycotted the low quality food.

Meanwhile, the Nepali Congress (NC) demanded medical treatment, quality food and reading materials for the detainees. According to a NC press release, most of the detainees are ailing. Party leaders including Mahanta Thakur, Ram Chandra Poudel, Bal Dev Sharma ‘Machgaina’, Omkar Shrestha, Shukra Raj Sharma, Meena Pandey and student leaders including Badri Pandey and others are suffering from various illnesses.

The NC also condemned the attack on NC Morang chairman Amrit Aryal and NC Biratanagar chairman Kamachya Parajuli.