CHITWAN: The Chitwan district court has sent two people involved in thrashing Bhim Bahadur BK to judicial custody for further investigation on November 12.
BK was thrashed to death by locals near Durga temple situated at Bharatpur Metropolitan City-4 a day before the greatest festival of the Hindus–Dashain.
Bhim Bahadur’s son Kisan BK had filed a petition at the District Police Office accusing local Sitaram Basnet and Dilip Shrestha of murdering his 58-year old father by thrashing him demanding legal action against them.
Family members of Bhim Bahadur have accused that locals rebuked and thrashed for asking them about sacrificing he-goat at the temple for the Dashain festival.
The district court has ordered the police to send both of them to prison for judicial investigation. Police had started the investigation by arresting both Basnet and Shrestha.
Dalit-related organizations have been demanding stern legal action against the culprits claiming that the incident happened due to caste-based discrimination.
However, Police have claimed that they have not found any evidence of caste-based discrimination during their investigation.
According to Chitwan District Police Office spokesperson DSP Surya Bahadur Thapa, the postmortem report has stated that he died due to a head injury.
Basnet had thrashed BK with an electric wire while Shrestha, who owns a medical store, had hit him, who had fled to some distance after he was thrashed, on his head. BK’s family members have not accepted his body yet.
In its preliminary report after the field visit National Human Rights Commission has suggested an independent and fair investigation of the incident besides the need for awareness among the public on caste-based discrimination and had requested media to disseminate factual information only.