Govt to probe controversial Bhaktapur encounter

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa

Kathmandu, August 9

Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa says the government will launch an investigation into the death of two abduction suspects in a ‘police encounter’ in Doleshwor of Bhaktapur on Monday.

The incident has turned controversial after kin of the suspects reported that the youth were arrested before their death, suggesting it was not an encounter, but a planned killing.

They have also filed an application at the National Human Rights Commission, demanding an independent investigation into ‘the extrajudicial killing’.

Speaking at a meeting of State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the House of Representatives on Thursday, Thapa expressed his commitment to launch a probe after some lawmakers also made similar comments.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress lawmaker Devendra Raj Kandel demanded that the Committee also summon Nepal Police Inspector General Sarbendra Khanal and other officials to quiz them over the issue.

On the other hand, officials of the Metropolitan Police Crime Division held a meeting with Home Minister Thapa and said the incident was a real encounter, and the suspects were not arrested before shooting them.


Published on August 9th, Thursday, 2018 2:21 PM

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