ARMY-POLICE RIFT: Rights body for trial of army personnel in civilian court

Kathmandu, August 3:

The Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Coordination Committee has called on the authorities concerned to suspend Nepal Army’s Bhairabnath battalion chief Rajendra Jung Khatri, Captain Robin Bikram Rana and others involved in torturing on duty police personnel on July 28 and try them in civil court.

The committee, while releasing the report of its probe into the incident today, also demanded adequate compensation for the three victim police personnel.

The committee’s investigation found that Captain Rana fled the scene after a squabble with the police on July 28 night on the matter of parking a car in Thamel, while police took Rana’s friend Bikendra Bista to Durbar Marg police station.

Rana returned with 40 armed Nepal Army personnel and gheraoed the police station and forcefully took away police inspector Ram Bahadur KC and ASI Dhamendra Rai and police personnel Dil Bahadur Tamang to Bhairabnath battalion and tortured them, the report said.