Friday, June 20, 2008

Displaced Accuses Cops of Seizing Relief Materials

THT Online
Rolpa, June 20

A displaced person on Thursday complained that the Dang District Police Office (DPO) took control over the relief materials he had got from the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS).
"A team of cops questioned me where I got the materials from and then took them away on Tuesday," Kaluram Shahu BK, 70, a displaced from Rolpa said, adding that the policemen were under the influence of alcohol.
Policemen held BK and beat him up, a relative, Bishnu Shahu BK, said, adding that the police released him only after pressure from the relatives yesterday.
Kaluram, who was displaced from Jengwang of Rolpa district during the conflict, is staying in a hut in Shantinagar, Dang.
According to BK, he was returning to Dang with the relief materials -- including 195 kg of rice, 25 kg of pulses and other utensils -- from Rolpa when the police intervened.
BK has urged human right activists and journalists to take initiatives to get back his materials and take action against the policemen who tortured him.
According to a report from Dang, SP at Dang DPO Dipak Kumar Thapa said BK was held to interrogate about his son Jyoti who has been accused of involvement in thefts and robberies in the houses of Man Bahadur Bist of Tribhuvannagar-5, Muktiram Bhusal of Tribhuvannagar-4 and Tek Bahadur Khadka of Dharna VDC on December 26, 2007.
As the suspected food items and other utensils were found in Kaluram's house during the course of a search for his son, he was detained for a day, Thapa said.
"Two other sons of Kaluram have already been arrested and we are searching Jyoti now for his involvement in thefts and robberies in the name of Maoists," Thapa added.

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