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14 Detainees Found in Nepal Army Barracks
Hundreds of families are now demanding word of missing relatives detained by security forces
Maina Dhital (maina)     Print Article 
Published 2006-01-06 14:56 (KST)   
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nepal announced the names of 14 detainees missing after their arrest by security forces, Jan. 4.

An NHRC team had made a surprise visit to two Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) barracks in Katmandu as part of the Commission's campaign to discover the conditions of missing persons.

According to its press conference the team inspected the Mahabir Battalion and the Jagdal Battalion in Chhauni on Tuesday. "The team inspected entire blocks and shanties inside the barracks," the report says.

During the inspection the NHRC team found nine people, including one woman, in Jagdal Batallion and five men in Mahabir Battalion.

"Most of the detainees complained that they hadn't been allowed to see their families or contact others outside since their detention," the human rights watchdog said.

In Jagdal Battalion the monitoring officials met Dutta Bahadur Budha, Harischandra Budha, and Bharat Pandey of Jumla district; Balram Chaudhari and Krishna Prasad Mainali of Kailali district; Ganesh Prasad Sharma of Dailekh; Buddhiman Sarki of Dolpa; Chhabisara Sunar of Bardia; and Jit Bahadur Thapa of Palpa district.

According to the statement, the commission team had similarly found Hom Prakash Shrestha of Rukum district; Man Bahadur Malla of Salyan; Chakra Bahadur Thapa of Udaypur; and Jaya Bahadur Gharti and Kal Bahadur Gharti of Rolpa district detained in Mahabir Battalion.

Hundreds of families are now in Katmandu, demanding to learn the condition of their relatives, missing after being detained by security forces. A few days ago they also put pressure on the NHRC to indicate where they had been gathered and locked in the office. It was opened only after NHRC members assured them.

According to the NHRC, 1,697 people disappeared from the year 2000 to Dec. 2005. Out of this number, 26 people are confirmed as having been killed.
©2006 OhmyNews
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