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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

Stories from the Frontline of Human Rights Work in Nepal

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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Field Report on the Situation of Banke Prison after an Inmate and a Police Official Infected with Covid-19

Field Report on the Situation of Banke Prison after an Inmate and a Police Official Infected with Covid-19

A 28-year-old man accused of theft and sent to Banke Prison for trial after failing to deposite the bail amount and a 30-year-old police official working in the same prison have been infected with covid-19. The inmate fell sick on 4 July 2020 and was taken to Bheri Hospital the same day. On 8 July 2020, he was brought back to Banke Prison and kept in the isolation unit. To guard him, Assistant Sub-Inspector and two policemen were posted in the isolation unit. PCR test for COVID-19 was found positive in one police official also. Now both of them have been sent to isolation centre situated in Khajura.

Human Rights Activists Inspect Prison

After an inmate and a police official were tested positive of COVID-19, a team of human rights activists visited to Banke Prison on 17 July 2020 to inspect the situation of the prison and inmates kept there. A guard at the prison told the team that other inmates who were in contact with the infected inmate, are living under the fear of infection. He also said there should be PCR tests conducted for nearly 50/60 inmates who had come in contact with the infected inmate.

An Ever Existing Problem of Prison

Banke Prison has the capacity to hold 300 inmates but at present it holds 777 prisoners among whom 730 are males and 47 are females with 2 minors with their mohter. Inspection team talked to Jailor Devendra Shrestha and guards and took information about the situation and problems of the male and female prisons. Jailor Shrestha told the team that the biggest problem of the Prison is over-crowding of prisoners so that male prisoners are compelled to live in temporary tents during summer. He also said that detainees from other districts are brought to Banke for treatment and kept in Banke prison due to which it has become over-crowded. He said that he has been urging to transfer prisoners to other districts.

Health Check-up Facitlities

Jailor Shrestha also said that earlier there was problem of electricity and clean drinking water but after province government installed inverter and equipment for clean drinking water, the situation got improved. He assured that there are regular health check-ups and hospital visits when needed for the prisoners. However, the team found that more than 50 percent of prisoners are suffering from skin diseases. Also, the team found that female prisoners feel awkward to share their health problems with male doctors so there should be a female doctor for the health check-up of female prisoners. Advocacy Forum has been facilitating a health camp for the prisoners suffering from skin diseases very soon.

 

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