Man dies under questionable circumstances in police custody: Nepal

Domiciliary Prisonoriginally publshed by: News Blaze
published: November 2010

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the death of Som Bahadur Barai, a 49 year old man, while in the custody of the Area Police Office, Ratnanagar, India, on the 22nd of September 2010.

The police claimed that the victim hanged himself in his cell a few hours after his arrest. Nevertheless, the victim’s family challenges this version of events. They believe that the victim was tortured to death and that the police are trying to cover up the case.

The family was not informed of the arrest and death of their relatives until October 19. The police had repeatedly ignored their request for assistance in finding about Som Bahadur’s whereabouts. Although the victim’s father has filed a First Information Report on 19 October 2010 to ask for a proper investigation into the circumstances of his son’s death, no such investigation has been launched into the case so far.

According to the information we have received from a local human rights NGO, Som Bahadur Barai was arrested on September 22, 2010 from Prasauni-8 Ratnanagar municipality. He was accused of stealing a bicycle.

The victim was handed over to the Area Police Office (APO)in Ratnanagar. He was detained there. At the time of arrest, Som Bahadur Barai was reportedly heavily drunk.

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