Government to investigate into Suryabinayak encounter case

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Aug. 10: Minister for Home Affairs (MoHA) Ram Bahadur Thapa said Thursday that the government would begin investigation into the controversial Suryabinayak police encounter.
Furnishing answers to questions raised at a meeting of the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee under the House of Representatives, Home Minister Thapa assured that the government would conduct a separate investigation into the case.
The ministry reached the decision of conducting a separate investigation into the police encounter, in which two alleged abductors of a boy, Gopal Tamang and Ajaya Tamang, were killed in the forests of Suryabinayak of Bhaktapur on Monday.
A squad, led by the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD), conducted the police encounter after an 11-year-old schoolboy, Nishan Khadka, was murdered following his abduction on Sunday. The body of the boy was recovered from Nagdesh of Bhaktapur Monday morning.
The encounter was dragged to a controversy as several sources have claimed the alleged abductors were killed after they were arrested. They were taken to the Suryabinayak forest and killed.
Lawmakers attending the meeting sought answers from the Home Minister about the incident as the police encounter has raised suspicion.
Lawmaker Devendra Raj Kandel raised doubt about the situation under which the police encounter against the Tamang duo had taken place. Based on various sources, the police encounter appeared quite suspicious, Kandel added.
He demanded the Inspector General of Nepal Police and all the concerned personnel and authorities be brought before the committee for interrogation.
Meanwhile, MPCD investigation team on Thursday briefed Home Minister Thapa about the murder of the child, Khadka, and the police encounter.
MPCD’s chief Dhiraj Pratap Singh and police encounter team reached the minister’s quarters at Pulchowk to brief him in details about the incident, said Surya Subedi Pathik, political advisor of Minister Thapa.
Home Minister Thapa, after listening to the briefing did not make specific comment.
“The Home Minister just listened to the briefing but didn’t make any comment,” Subedi said.
According to Subedi, the MPCD team said that the Tamang duo were killed during the police encounter after they had first opened fire against the police.  

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