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Krishna Adhikari

Krishna Adhikari On 6 June 2004, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, a resident of Fujel village of Gorkha District, was murdered in Chitwan District by Maoist cadres. Krishna Prasad was visiting his grandparents after having taken the SLC examinations, and he was abducted from Bakullahar Chowk by men who came on a motorcycle ...
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Maina Sunuwar

Maina Sunuwar Around 6 am on February 17, 2004, a group of RNA soldiers arrested Ms Maina Sunuwar, a 15-year-old schoolgirl of Kharelthok VDC-6, Kavre district. She disappeared since her arrest. Her family members, with support from villagers and school where Maina was a student, visited detention centers ...
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Sanjeev Kumar Karna

Sanjeev Kumar Karna Sanjeev Kumar Karna was one among the 11 persons arrested on October 8, 2003. On that fateful day, they had gone to attend a picnic program organized by the students at a place called Kariyachauri VDC-4, and from picnic, they went to Kataiya Chowri Area of Dhanusha district where they ate some food ...
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Arjun Bahadur Lama

Arjun Bahadur Lama, 48 years in age, permanent resident of Chhatrebas VDC -5, Dapcha in Kavre district was abducted by a group of Maoist cadres, three in number, on 29 April 2005 (2062.1.16 BS) from the premises of Sri Krishna Secondary School at Chhatrebas VDC-1 of the district.
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Hari Prasad Bolakhe

Hari Prasad Bolakhe, 35 (while missing) a permanent resident of Phulbari VDC-8, Kavre district, a pastor by profession, had been missing since the arrest December 27, 2003, was reportedly killed by security persons. A team of National Human Rights Commission discovered a human skeleton in a jungle ...
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Sarala Sapkota

Around 11 p.m. on July 15, 2004, a group of 12 armed soldiers arrested Sarala Sapkota at her grandfather’s house. The family, who witnessed the arrest, stated that soldiers gave Sarala no reason for her arrest. After her arrest, Sarala’s family went to Baireni barracks and the DPO ...
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Birendra Shah

On the evening of 5 October 2007, Mr. Birendra Shah, 34, resident of Inruwasira VDC-8, Bara district, a local journalist of Bara district and correspondent of Nepal FM, Avenues Television and Dristi weekly, was abducted by Maoists from Pipara Bazaar in Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara ...
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Bishwanath Parajuli, Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang

Three persons namely Bishwonath Parajuli (also called Nagendra Parajuli), Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang of Hasandaha VDC, Morang were shot dead by the security personnel on 28 September 2004. According to the eyewitnesses, other victims and the villagers, about 16 people were arrested ...
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Chot Nath Ghimire and Shekhar Nath Ghimire

Chot Nath Ghimire, a 58-year-old farmer, resident of Ishaneshor VDC-4, Ratamate Majhpokhari of Lamjung district was allegedly arrested by the Joint Security Forces of Joint Security Camp stationed at Bhorlatar VDC, Lamjung district on February 2, 2002 (2058.10.20). The security camp called Mr. ...
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Bhauna Tharu

Bhauna Tharu (Bhauna Chaudhary in the citizenship card), 21 years old male (at the time of the incident; Date of Birthe: 8 September 1978), son of Purna Bahadur Chaudhary, permanent resident of Sujanpur village, Neulapur VDC-4, Bardiya district, and an employee of Rastriya Gobar Gas, Gulariya, ...
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Close Encounters

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Close Encounters
During Nepal’s armed conflict and its aftermath, human rights violations not only scarred and destroyed the victims but had a devastating effect on the lives of human rights defenders.
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Birendra Shah

On the evening of 5 October 2007, Mr. Birendra Shah, 34, resident of Inruwasira VDC-8, Bara district, a local journalist of Bara district and correspondent of Nepal FM, Avenues Television and Dristi weekly, was abducted by Maoists from Pipara Bazaar in Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara district, located at the central region of Nepal.
Details of the Incident: On the evening of 5 October 2007, Mr. Birendra Shah, 34, resident of Inruwasira VDC-8, Bara district, a local journalist of Bara district and correspondent of Nepal FM, Avenues Television and Dristi weekly, was abducted by Maoists from Pipara Bazaar in Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara district, located at the central region of Nepal.

According to the information provided by Mr. Ramesh Bista, a central committee member of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Nepal, Birendra Shah was abducted by the members of Maoists named Kundan Faujdar, Ram Iekal Sahani and Lal Bahadur Chaudhary from Pipara Bazar however there were some other Maoists involved whose names are not identified yet. Ramesh Bista stated that Birendra Shah was abducted for writing news on Maoists (news against Maoists).

At the meantime, Ram Dev Das who was together with Birendra Shah was also abducted by Maoists. He was reportedly beaten up and then released on the same day. Quoting Ram Dev, Ramesh Bista said that Birendra was also beaten up severely by the Maoists and also threatened to be killed.  Ramesh Bista said that the Maoist Bara district authorities refused to take responsibility. However, they escaped saying those main responsible Kundan Faujdar and Lal Bahadur Chaudhary had already been dismissed from the party before the incident but they didn't say anything about another involved Mr. Ram Iekal Sahani.

Update: Mr. Birendra Shah who was abducted by Maoists on 5 October 2007 was found dead at Dumarwana village, near Tangiya colony at Bara district on 8 November, 2007. An investigative commission set up by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has revealed that Mr. Shah was murdered by his captors on the same day he was kidnapped. The report made public in a news conference organized at the CPN-Moist central office in Buddhanagar, Kathmandu, on November 5 stated that Shah was shot and killed by the captors in the evening of October 5. According to the report, Mr. Shah and his colleague Ramdev Das were kidnapped from Pipara in Bara by Maoist cadres Kundan Faujdar and Ram Ekwal Sahani and were presented before Lal Babadur Chaudhary, a Maoist area in-charge in Bara. While on the way, the kidnappers released Das, but took Shah with them and then they took him to an open ground inside the jungle and shot him dead. Ram Ekwal fired two bullets from his pistol, one in the chest and one in the temple, killing Shah on the spot.

According to the central leader of Maoists who was team leader of investigative commission as well Mr. Haribhakta Kandel 'Pratik', Sahani and Faujdar had been expelled from the party some time back while Chaudhari has now been relieved of all his party responsibilities. Pratik claimed that the episode has to do with personal enmity between Shah and his captors and that the party would fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies in bringing the culprits to justice. However, no one has been arrested yet. Probe reports publicised by media groups, a parliamentary committee and the National Human Rights Commission had also confirmed the involvement of the Maoist cadres in Shah's abduction.
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