NHRC warns of blacklisting officials for failing to book Dhanusha murder culprits

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) warned that it would name some government officials as human rights violators for failing to take actions against those who were involved in murder of five youth in Dhanusha around 12 years ago.

The national human rights watchdog urged the government to take actions against the then high security officials who have been named as responsible for killing five youth of Godar village in Dhanusha district on October 8, 2003, before the Commission resorts to listing the officials responsible to punish them as rights violators.

Article 132(2h) of the Interim Constitution authorises the NHRC "to publish, in accordance with law, the names of the officials, persons or bodies who have failed to observe or implement any recommendations or directives made or given by the National Human Rights Commission in relation to the violations of human rights, and record them as violators of human rights.”

The then Chief District Officer Rewati Ra j Kafle, SP Chuda Bahadur Shrestha, DSP Kuber Singh Rana, Nepal Army Major Anup Adhikari among others were named responsible for the murder of Sanjeev Kumar Karna, Durgesh Labh, Jitendra Jha, Pramod Narayan Mandal and Shailendra Kumar Yadav.

"It is against the Commission’s recommendation and constitutional provision that the culprits are not brought to the book yet,” a statement issued by the Commission read, "The government’s reluctance to initiate actions over the incident of armed conflict era has seriously deprived victims of their rights to justice.”

The national human rights-watchdog had recommended that the government take actions against them, on January 29, 2008.

Mortal remains of the victims were recovered from the Kamala riverbank in August-September 2010 and February-March 2011 .