Dolpa Deaths: NHRC quizzes officials
People from Upper Dolpa have been staging a sit-in at Bhadrakali, demanding high-level judicial probe into alleged police brutality
Jul 6, 2014-
The National Human Rights Commission has said it has recorded statements from the District Administration Office and police on the alleged police brutality in Dho village of Dolpa district on June 3, in which two villagers died and scores of others were injured.
Officials say a preliminary probe report is expected by next week. "We will send our report to the central office to decide whether a team should be sent to the site for further investigation," said Murari Kharel, NHRC regional director at Nepalgunj. He, however, declined to comment on the initial findings citing confidentiality of the investigation.
"We have taken this case seriously," said Bed Prasad Bhattarai, NHRC acting secretary, adding that the commission would investigate the case thoroughly.
People from Upper Dolpa have been staging a sit-in at Bhadrakali for the past three days, demanding a high-level judicial commission to investigate the matter. On June 24, the government formed a three-member committee headed by the Surkhet Chief District Officer to investigate the incident.
Senior Superintendent of Police Madhu Prasad Pudasaini and National Intelligence Department Joint Investigation Director Yadav Regmi are other members of the committee.
Protesters are demanding representatives of human rights community and locals in the probe team. "How can a government official and police personnel in service investigate other officials," asked Norbu Ghale, the struggle committee coordinator.
Former Peace Minister Satya Pahadi, who went to Bhadrakali on Saturday to express solidarity with the protesters, charged the government with trying to cover up the police atrocities in the village.
Published: 06-07-2014 08:15