Kin of disappeared flay govt report

Kathmandu, October 17:

Following media reports about the facts presented by defence secretary Bishnu Dutta Uprety on the disappeared people at the Bhairav Nath barrack, Society of the Family of Disappeared Citizens by the State today denounced the report, accusing the government of being involved in conspiracy.

Convener of the society Sharmila Tripathi said the government has tried to prove the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) false and “save the culprits within the army.”

A probe carried out by the OHCHR had revealed that 49 people were disappeared from the Bhairav Nath barrack six months ago. She said: “Instead of trying to find out the whereabouts of some 5,000 disappeared, the government has been repeatedly releasing the names of those who have been either already released or have never been arrested.”

The report has identified a worker in a carpet factory Buddhi Lama of Madan Kudari, Kavre, as an army deserter while unmarried Hem Narayan Shrestha of Gamnatar Okhaldhunga who was arrested three years ago is said to have been handed over to his son. Tripathi said Chet Nath Dhungana of Kathmandu has already been released but another Chet Nath Dhungana of Sunsari is still missing. The report has stated about Renuka Ale Magar, who has never gone missing, instead of Renuka Dulal who was disappeared and Hira Bahadur Rokka has never been handed over to his family as claimed by the report.

A release issued by the society saidthe society would begin a strong movement if the government tried to linger the issue. Meanwhile, family members of two disappeared people from Bhairav Nath Barrack today criticised the report submitted yesterday before the parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committee, claiming that the report was nothing more than false document on the persons made to disappear by the state. Dev Raj said the whereabouts his brother Chet Nath Dhungana is not clear in the army’s report.

“The army report claims he was handed over to someone but it does not mention who “this someone” is,” Dev Raj said in a press release. Man Bahadur, brother of Hem Bahadur Shrestha, who is also missing countered the report saying that his brother has not been released.