| March 20, 2019

NHRC warns of blacklisting officials delaying action against ex-IGP

NHRC warns of blacklisting officials delaying action against ex-IGP
KATHMANDU, July 25: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has warned of blacklisting concerned government officials if action is not taken against former IGP Kuber Singh Rana and other three officials for human rights violations.

Since January 29, 2008, the commission has been recommending the government to take legal action against former IGP Rana and other three officials concluding that they were involved in killing five youths in Godar, Dhanusha in 2003.
The commission had recommended taking action against then chief district officer Rewati Raj Kafle, then chief of Regional Police Office Chuda Bahadur Shrestha, then Major at Dharapani Barracks of Nepal Army Anup Adhikari and then chief of Dhanusha District Police Office Rana, who retired as IGP.

"The inordinate delay in taking legal against perpetrators of human rights violations is against the recommendation of the commission as well as the provisions of the constitution," stated the NHRC issuing a press statement on Friday.

The NHRC has said it will start listing concerned government officials as human rights violators as per Article 132 (2) (H) of the Interim Constitution for their negligence and carelessness in initiating legal action against the four officials.

"It is sad that the government has not taken action against the perpetrators even 12 years after the incidents. The delay in taking action against the perpetrators despite the commission's recommendation in 2008 is the height of impunity," stated the commission.

On October 8, 2003, a joint command of security forces had arrested 11 youths from Janakpur. Six of the arrested were released the next day while Sanjiv Kumar Karna (24), Durgesh Lav (23), Jitendra Jha (21), Pramod Narayan Mandal (17) and Shailendra Yadav (17) were disappeared by the security forces.

After two years of the incident, the Nepal Army had sent a letter to the NHRC stating that the five youths were killed in security operation.

Later, an investigation team of the NHRC discovered that some corpses were buried in Godar by the side of Kamala River. In 2010, the NHRC with assistance of forensic experts had exhumed five separate human remains and sent them to the Hensinki University in Finland for DNA test. The test had verified that the human remains were those of Karna, Lav, Jha, Mandal and Yadav.

Following the investigation and test, the government had handed over the remains of the bodies to the victim's family on June 23, 2014. Though the government had handed over the remains amid mounting pressure from the families, no senior government officials, except the local police officers, were present during the handover function. Family members and human rights activists had strongly demanded presence of high-level government officials during the handover to assure the victims' families that justice would be done to them and perpetrators punished.