2015 April 14
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2698 6339
Fax: +(852) 2698 6367
Re: Dr. CK Raut head and arm injury from brutal police suppression in Jhapa district of Nepal; Physicians treating Dr. Raut fast in Nepal Police custody, One hospitalised
On April 4th, Nepal Police intervened in a peaceful mass assembly of Madheshi people around 2:00pm in Rajgadh Bazaar of Jhapa district, and used excessive force on Dr. CK Raut, the central coordinator of the Alliance of Independent Madhesh, and his supporters. Dr. Raut sustained head and shoulder injury, and 18 other people were injured too, from indiscriminate baton-charge by Nepal Police. Dr Raut was hospitalised in Mechi Hospital by Nepal Police and after release at midnight, he was again admitted to the private Nobel Hospital in Biratnagar. Local women and shopkeepers were thrashed too, and 61 were taken into custody by police. Thousands of supporters who came from villages to participate in the peaceful assembly were harassed by the police on their way. Anyone with dark complexion who looked like Madheshi people were detained, harassed and physically manhandled by the Nepal police. The people targeted by Nepal Police include a large number of indigenous people called Rajbanshis, Tharus and Santhals, who typically have dark skin.
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”
“Dr. CK Raut was attacked by Police during peaceful mass assembly”
Jhapa, Nepal 4th April, 2015, Saturday, Nepal police intervened in a peaceful mass assembly of Madheshi activists around 14:00 at the aboriginal place of Madheshis in Rajgadh Market of Jhapa district, used excessive force on Dr. CK Raut along his supporters. Police arrested him along five dozen of activists working for freedom of Madhesh.
Later, Dr. Raut was admitted in hospital due to injury. Police have disrupted the peaceful assembly by unlawfully arresting Dr. Permeshwor Murmu, Dr. Sanjay Sah, Ram Bilash Mehta, Soren Sharma, Bishweshwor Mandal, Tabrej Alam, Tapeshwor Lal Karn, Asha Jha, Ashok Mehta, Jiban Gupta, Shyamanand Sharma, Shotelal Shoren and a dozens of other civilians. Nepal police blocked members to attend the assembly who were coming from villages based on black skin color.
Thousands of supporters who came from villages to participate in the peaceful assembly were harassed by the police on their way. Anyone of dark complexion who looked like Madheshi, an ethnic minority group of Nepal, going for the general assembly were harassed and physically manhandled by the Nepal police. This is a racially motivated aggression of the police towards the minority ethnic group and it exposes the color discriminating mentality of Nepal Police. The Government of Democratic Republic of Nepal is using excessive force to disturb the peaceful assembly of aboriginal ethnic minority civilians.
The Government of Nepal (GoN) shows no concern or support for the legitimate case of the peaceful participants like Dashrath Mukhiya, an aboriginal of Jhapa who has become landless in his own native place. We need to be aware and proactive on these issues, otherwise people like him, and many more ethnic minorities of Madhesh will become landless refugees very soon in their own native land. (more…)
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