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NEPAL: Torture and ill-treatment by policemen in Nepal

January 2011

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Three persons have been allegedly tortured and ill-treated by seven policemen, including one inspector and a sub inspector, from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) Hanumandhoka, in Kathamdu, the capital city.

Mr. Gyan Bahadur Balami was the first to be arrested, on 31 October 2010, on suspicion of robbery and drug smuggling. During his arrest, he was allegedly beaten with sticks, punched and kicked. He was then took in a jeep to a nearby jungle where the policemen allegedly forced his head in-between the roots of a fallen tree and put a pistol into his mouth. The policemen also drilled with a sharp wooden stick on his right sole and bent his fingers with the purpose of obtaining information about alleged stolen items. Mr. Gyan Bahadur Balami reportedly confessed to the crime after what the policemen would have forced a pistol into his mouth and said “what is your last desire?”. The detainee was later taken back to his house. The police seized some money, boots, and jackets. The police then arrested his wife.

For his part, Mr. Iman (alias Makar Bahadur Gharti Magar) was arrested, on 1 November 2010, also on suspicion of drug smuggling and robbery. During his arrest, five to six unidentified policemen allegedly beat him with sticks, boots and fists on various parts of his body. He was then taken to a car where he saw Mr. Gyan Bahadur Balami whose face and eyes were reportedly swollen. The police started beating both of them again while asking questions about the alleged stolen goods and money. On their way to the prison, the police reportedly stopped the car at several times and beat them again and again.
On 2 November 2010, the two men were handcuffed and taken to a room where they saw Ms. Lama sitting on the floor covered with dust all over her body. Policemen allegedly stepped on her knees and head and beat on the soles of her feet with bamboo sticks. They also poked with a bamboo stick inside her pants and tried to take it off. The husband tried to intervene but he was allegedly forced to lie on the floor and beaten up with Mr. Iman.

On the same day, the police took all of them to Kathmandu. On the way, one of the policemen reportedly showed them a dead boy without a head on his mobile phone and allegedly threatened to kill them in a similar manner.

Later on, Mr. Gyan Bahadur Balami was forced to sign a paper in connection with another alleged house robbery. When he refused to sign the paper, the inspector reportedly caught him by his hair before pushing his head against the wall and punching him on his knees with his boots. The inspector then allegedly forced the prisoner’s signature and took his thumb stamp while reportedly threatening to shoot him the following day.

Mr. Gyan Bahadur Balami would now suffer from hearing loss due to the acts of torture and ill-treatment. For his part, Mr. Iman was taken to the hospital for a medical check-up. However, he had reportedly to pay the doctor’s fee and the taxi fare. In addition, he was not given the medicine that the doctor prescribed him and, although the doctor has referred him for further examination to the orthopedic section, the police allegedly refused mentioning financial problems.

Today, they are all three still in detention.

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