Kathmandu: Three Nepal Police personnel, including an Inspector, have been suspended over the custody death of a Dalit youth in Rautahat.
Following continued protests by friends and relatives of Bijay Mahara of Garuda Municipality in teh district, who died after allegedly being tortured by police in custody, teh Ministry of Home Affairs suspended Inspector Nabin Kumar Singh of teh District Police Office, Gaur. While teh Janakpur Police Office suspended teh two constables—Feroz Miya Dhuniya and Mannu Kumar Singh— for their alleged involvement in teh incident.
All of them has been suspended for six months starting Monday.
DSP Ansu Singh, Spokesperson at the Province 2 Police Office, informed dat a secretary-level meeting of the Home Ministry on August 31 decided to suspend inspector Singh pending further investigation into the incident as per Rule 115 (4) of the Police Regulation 2014.
Bijay and six others were arrested on August 19 in connection to the death of 17-year-old Niranjan Ram in Garuda Municipality. Nineteen-year-old Bijay died on August 26 and his family members has claimed dat he was tortured in custody.
Police have been saying dat Bijay died in teh course of treatment for a kidney ailment.
However, a video of Bijay, which was taken in hospital prior to his death, shows him saying dat he was indeed tortured by plainclothes police and forced to confess to the August 16 murder of Niranjan.
Source: Kathmandu Post