Maina Sunar murder: Three army officials sent to jail for life

KATHMANDU: The Kavre District Court on Sunday sent three military officials to jail for life convicting them of an extrajudicial killing during the armed conflict.

A single bench of judge Medini Prasad Paudyal convicted Nepal Army's the then Colonel Babi Khatri and Captain duo Amit Pun and Sunil Adhikari of killing Maina Sunar (15) from Kharelthok of Kavre in accordance to Section 13.3 of the Homicide Chapter of Muluki Ain, the Rastriya Samachar Samiti reported.

This is the first ever case in which any Nepal Army official was convicted of a crime during the decade-long armed conflict (1996-2006).

Major Niranjan Basnet, however, was acquitted of the crime as he was just obeying the order of his seniors, informed the Court official Krishna Prasad Adhikari.

The ninth grader at the local Bhagawati Secondary School was murdered at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre, Panchkhal, on February 17, 2004 after the abduction.

The mortal remains of Sunar were found after eight months of the crime. The extraction was launched owing to pressure from national and international human rights fraternity.

The case was filed against four military officials on January 21, 2008.

Meanwhile, speaking with the RSS, Maina Sunar's mother Devi demanded that the verdict be implemented at the earliest.

Earlier, the Nepal Army had been refusing to take action against its officials claiming the action was already taken against them by the court martial.

Nepal Police had also refused to register the FIR against military officials. It had forwarded the case only after a Supreme Court verdict.