Human Rights Abuses: Not Acceptable
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Juglal Tharu, a 15-year-old, and Mr. Maneshor Tharu, a 28-year-old, both residents of ward 5, Binauna Village Development Committee (VDC), Banke District, have been arrested unlawfully on 14 October 2014 and tortured while in custody. Two others Godiya Tharu, a 51-year-old and Sukkhan Tharu, a 35-year-old have been arrested along with them, but they have not been tortured yet. Area Police Office Bilauniya handed them over to the Area Police Office Kohalpur, Banke District, on 15 October 2014. District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Janak Bahadur Shahi from the Area Police Office Kohalpur gave the order for torture. Three unidentified police officers tied the victims up and beat them with hands and bamboo sticks. The police are using torture and intimidation, in the absence of proper investigation or evidence, to force them to take responsibility for the crime.............. Mr. Janak Bahadur Shahi, the District Superintendent of Police (DSP), of the Area Police Office Kohalpur, Banke District gave the orders to torture both prisoners and force them to provide a confession to the crime. He also threatened them with electric shocks if they refused. Three unidentified police officers slapped them 25-30 times on their cheeks. Their legs were tied with a white cloth, with a short piece of bamboo wedged in, which they were asked to hold. While in this position, they were beaten with a big stick. The officers only stopped the torture when Juglal, unable to even stand up, collapsed. He could not stand properly for 3 days. ....... Juglal and Maneshor were kept in custody for 7 days, without being produced in court within 24 hours of arrest, as required by law. ........ Every day they were taken into a room where they saw a signboard written "Investigation Section". DSP Shahi also used to utter foul words like "motherfuckers" and "murderers", among others. He continued to use his constables to beat them into taking responsibility for the murder. ............. The police also used threats to warn them not to talk about the torture to anyone. ........ the victims were arrested due to massive political pressure exerted by the Nepali Congress, which is running the current government. DSP Shahi is a supporter of the Nepali Congress. According to the police officer, the DSP is planning to register a murder case against the two victims in retaliation for reporting the torture to human rights activists.