| July 19, 2019

Doramba victims move TRC against ex-king, security officials

Doramba victims move TRC against ex-king, security officials
KATHMANDU, June 10: Family members of Maoist cadres who were killed at Doramba of Ramechhap district by the security forces in 2003 while a ceasefire was in effect between the government and the then rebels filed complaints at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Thursday.

According to CPN (Maoist Center) Central Committee Member Hari Dahal, the victims' families have named the then King Gyanendra, then prime minister Surya Bahadur Thapa and then home minister Kamal Thapa as perpetrators of the killing. Also named are then Nepal Army major Rammani Pokharel, then Chief District Officer of Ramechhap Chudamani Basyal and then DSP Ram Prasad Shrestha.
"We have filed our complaints against security officials in the field as well as policy makers, the head of state and leaders of the government," said Dahal.

Doramba is an infamous incident in which 22 Maoist cadres were killed by the security forces, including the Nepal Army.

Fourteen families registered their complaints Thursday at the TRC office in Kathmandu. Other families are also planning to submit their complaints, through local peace committees.

"TRC has made public calls for lodging complaints and assured that it will deliver justice to victims like us. We have come to the commission in hopes of justice," said Dahal, who lost his wife at Doramba.

"I cannot help crying whenever I recall my father. I have come here in the hope that legal action will be taken against the murderers, who shot my father in the forehead and killed him," said Sangita Lama while registering her complaint.

The incident took place on August 17, 2003, the day the government and the rebels were sitting for peace talks at Hapure, Dang district.

According to Dahal, who himself was able to escape, they were holding an area committee meeting at the time at the house of Yuvaraj Moktan of Doramba VDC - 2.

"Nepal Army personnel led by Major Rammani Pokharel surrounded the house. Two of our friends were killed on the spot. Eleven others were able to escape, but 20 of us were arrested and later shot dead at Dandakateri in the same VDC. One of them was my wife Ambika," Dahal said recalling the nightmare.

"Since there was a ceasefire, we were without any arms," he added.

Baburam Lama, Ambika Dahal, Pradeep Dong, Tek Bahadur Thapa Magar, Thuloram Lama, Sanuram Lama, Laxman Moktan, Yuvaraj Moktan, Leela Moktan, Chaturman Thami, Sangita Thami, Bisnu Maya Thapa Magar, Harka Ghising, Padam Raj Giri, Uma KC, Shyam Bahadur Tamang, Rabi Chauhan, Nisha Thami and four others were killed in the incident.

Doramba was one of the major reason behind the breakdown of the ceasefire in 2003.