Print Edition - 2015-03-02 | Nation
Man accused of theft suffers severe abuse
Mar 1, 2015-
A man was subjected to severe physical and mental abuse by a group of assailants after being accused of stealing buffaloes in Mechinagar of Jhapa district.
Chandra Kisaan, 37, of Mechinagar-4, who was hung upside down from a tree and tortured, is currently receiving treatment at Birta City Hospital where locals had admitted him after collecting donations.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Kisaan said that the attackers had forced a water mixed with salt and pepper into his nostrils after hanging him upside down from the tree.
“They even rubbed pepper in my eyes, ” Kisaan said while narrating the ordeal he went through. After torturing Kisaan for over two hours, the group of locals had handed him over to the police.
Kisaan has suffered serious head injury and the inner part of his lungs is also ruptured due to the torture meted out to him, according to doctors involved in his treatment.
Meanwhile, one Binda Poudel, a local of Mechinagar-4, said that Kisaan is known in the village as an “honest and a gentle individual”, and claimed that he was framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Seeking justice for Kisaan, locals picketed the Area Police Office on Sunday demanding stringent action against the perpetrators and compensation for Kisaan.
On the morning of February 25, a group of 20-25 individuals had accused Kisaan of stealing buffaloes belonging to his neighbour Bishnu Acharya and beat him up mercilessly. But on the night of February 24 when the buffaloes belonging to Acharya had gone missing, Kisaan had gone to visit his sister in Dhaijan and spent the night there.
Over the past week, about 20 buffaloes have gone missing in the area, but the police are yet to identify the perpetrators. Claiming his innocence, Kisaan said that he was framed and deliberately victimised. “The group of locals tortured me in order to make me confess to a crime I never committed,” Chandra lamented, complaining that even the police had beat him up in order to make him confess.
Police had held Kisaan for two days before releasing him after being unable to prove his involvement in the theft.
Meanwhile, Police Inspector Narhari Adhikari said that Chandra’s mother Jingani Kisaan has filed a complaint demanding justice for his son.
Stating that they were trying their best to nab the real culprits, Inspector Adhikari said that investigation into the matter was underway.
Published: 02-03-2015 08:30