By Vishnu on December 21st, 2005 in Bashnet Ko Guff
Nagarkot Massacre: mourning and protesting go side by side
A man holds placard with the photo of Suntali Nagarkoti who was killed in Nagarkot Massacre. This man is participating in a mourning program organized today in Basantapur. Pic by Shaligram Tiwari via Kantipur
A strong sense of fear crippled us when we reached the place of the massacre- the Kali Devi Temple. The vestiges of the massacre that occurred on the fateful night of Dec 16 were still there intact despite the attempts made by the RNA personnel to obliterate them. Bloodstains were still there on the floor, bullet marks could be seen on a tree and also on a nearby house, a slipper was left near the gate, and oranges and other fruits were scattered here and there.
Today I made a trip to the site of the gory massacre in which 11 innocent villagers had been shot dead by an army-man or many army-men. I was there to report an event.
The bullet mark on the house at northwest from the point the soldier fired hinted that there was more than one person to shoot at the revelers of the yearly festival at the temple.
It has already been established that there were at least two guns used to kill the people. Now, rumors have it that the army recovered another gun from the mustard field, about 400 meters down the temple. Taking into consideration the way people died in the temple, it seems that the people were massacred by many soldiers using many guns.
Nowadays, nobody in the village dares to go to the temple. People shut their doors before it is dark and donâ??t come out during nighttime. The temple is as good as a cremation ground, says a woman, who sustained a bullet injury
on her foot. Besides, the locals think that such a massacre may repeat at any place any time in the village.
For the first time in my life I came to know that people in villages fear the army and other security forces so much. Mao is right here: power comes through the nozzle of gun. According to the stories of the villagers, the gunmen in these localities were “far superior” to ordinary people.
Suraya Man Tamang, father of Fuchhimaya Tamang who sustained two bullets on her hip, says that she is going to be a burden to him forever. Doctors have told him that most probably half of her body will be paralyzed. Neither the army nor the government has promised any compensation to the injured in the massacre.
As many as 1000 students and human rights activists organized a protest program at the temple where hapless villagers had been massacred. They chanted strongly worded slogans against monarchy and demanded that the RNA be transformed into peoplesâ?? army. The king as supreme commander-in-chief of the army should own up to the massacre, they argued.
But this never brings back the people killed in the massacre. The horrific memory of massacre has remained deeply etched in the minds of the villagers.
At last, it reminded me of the massacre of the Nepalese royal family in 2002. There is at least one similarity between the royal massacre in 2002 and the Nagarkot massacre in 2005: “The assasin shot himself dead after finishing his horrific business’. And, still another, both of the massacres were conducted in the middle of night.
The list of things that happened in the middle of night recently in Nepal is very long.
Meanwhile students in colleges (espicially in Tri Chandra) continued clashing with police while protesting the Massacre. (see pics) Several students of Tri Chandra were injured in the clash. Tri Chandra is one of the most politically sensetive colleges in Kathmadnu which attracts special attention of authorities because it is the most nearest college from the Narayanhitti Royal Palace. In the photo above students are carrying thier wounded comrade to hospital.
14 Responses to “Effects of the Massacre”
December 21st, 2005 at 11:43 pm
Blogger says: “As many as 1000 students and human rights activists organized a protest program at the very temple where hapless villagers had been massacred.”
I say: They must be kidding Vishnu. Why on Earth they choose the very temple to register their protest? They are there to do politics not to show any sympathy to the victims. What did they do to victims other than torturing them? They could have collected Rs. 1000 each and distributed that money to the killed people’s family. No, they just shed the gohi ko aansu and came back to Kathmandu, didn’t they, Vishnu? When will these Nepalis will start behaving humanly and stop politicizing almost everything on Earth?
By the way, wonderful reporting and images, Thanks Vishnu, photographers and UWB.
anuj poudel Says:
December 22nd, 2005 at 12:05 am
thanks for telling us the latest from Nagarkot. I was eagerly waiting for that. I wanted go to there myself but for some personal reasons I could not go. I mean its sad that people are terrified. But after such a horrific event, that is not unusual.
by the way, what is going on with the investigation teams? Any idea? I am curious to know about that.
I think all people there went to express their feelings to the villagers. Might seem like politics but why are you being so much skeptic in this hour of grief? Well, people of Nepal are able to help each other. Do you remember that recently they collected suka/mohor for tulsi giri to help him pay the money that he didn’t pay to nepali bank for years? they can do when needed.
December 22nd, 2005 at 12:10 am
Anuj, see the update again la?
December 22nd, 2005 at 1:01 am
Parties and leaders are negecting that tragedic event in Nagarkot. Only they are terrorizing people in spite of providing sympathy and helps to those victimized people. The corrupt leaders never like to come up with any good and sustainable solution of the problems in our country.
December 22nd, 2005 at 1:59 am
This so surrela, a repeat of the palace massacre. I wonder if T-Giri will come out of this saying “bhatatata…” as Ranabhat did. Pidit Dukhit is correct in saying that if people really want to help the victims the least that they could do is to collect some money and distribute it to the victims instead of burning tires on the streets and stoning ordinary pedestrians and other people going around their business. Politicians will policitize anything, and Nepali people are very prone to instigation. People should be very careful here.
December 22nd, 2005 at 4:06 am
I do not see anything wrong in politicising the event so that similar thing would not happen again in other places. But does KG, his army/T Giri care about it. I also agree that something needs to be done for the victims.
What I am worried is that there is some of kind conspiracy in KG’s mind. The equation of India-Maobadi-KG so visible. Politics is dirty. I do not know whom to believe and whom not to. Politics is dirty but how dirty is the question. I wonder we Nepalese are suffering the worse possible dirtyness of politics.
let it be Says:
December 22nd, 2005 at 4:34 am
no things has came out with two invesigation team it just a drama from KG
So the thing What I had told on my previous comment every responsible army officer should be hang publiclly not to repeat such massacare in future
December 22nd, 2005 at 2:09 pm
The incident in Nagarkot is indeed sad and condemnable. However, i think it would be better if you were more objective and not post ‘rumours’. You make it sound as if a conspiracy were hatched to gun down these people. Maybe it was, or maybe it was just a drunk soldier with a gun. Fact is, we don’t know yet, do we? Rumours abound. But i think they’re better dealt with in the discussions. I, for one, log onto UWB for objective coverage on the movement for democracy in Nepal. Not for rumours or gossip.
December 22nd, 2005 at 3:18 pm
What a drama parties are doing? Are they really upset with the killings or just political agenda only. The culprit should be punished what all says about it, we also agree on that. If the parties really love to the family of the killings then why they are differentiating to maoist killings. Why there is no sympathy to those victims killed by maoist? Why not burning the tyers in the street for their killings also. It clearly picture out that they are just doing the politics…nothing more than that.
In the sad events also they are doing politics what a shame to them.
December 22nd, 2005 at 4:15 pm
yes! last time when Nepalse people were killed in Iraque Nepalese even army..police issued and mass attacked agains Nepalese Manpower companies.
Actualy these killing people (nepalese) were gone in Iraque to earn money on their interest they were there.
This time Army’s personal killed the innocent people the temple so we should mass meeting agains this Autocracy govermnet which still can’t give symhaty.
Final Solution Says:
December 23rd, 2005 at 5:02 am
Well, the main problem here is these Bahun/Chettri dominated Nepal. Look all political parties including Maobadis. Look whenever the victims, doesnot matter which political sides or civilians or civil servants, they ARE TARGETED by Bahun/Chhetris mostly ETHNIC NEPALESE.
Look at the census of killed Maobadis majorities are MAGARS and other ETHNIC NEPALESE. Look the killed High Profile Civil Servants they are mostly ETHNIC NEPALESE.
Well, to be honest, the main problem in Nepal is this Hinduism, Roayalism, Rana/Thakurism, be in Congressism, Communism, Seculiarism or even MAOBADISM its all about these KHASISM with BAHUN/CHEETRISM.
We must FIRST wipe out this KHASISM. Look be it Panche Raj, Congress Raj, Communist Raj and even now ongoing Maobadi Raj, they never punish all those corrupt, murderers, rapists, drug dealers, pimps, antique murti chors, smugglers they kill, jail, take revenge, abuse, misuse/mistreat only when it comes to people from ETHNIC GROUP.
Look those judicial system, administration, bureaucracy, political parties and even now maobadies they never killed, maimed, took hostage for labour camp, anybody from high profile Bahun/Chettri Class be they police,army or civilians, its always ETHNIC PEOPLE.
THE ROOT PROBLEM FACING NEPAL IS THESE DECENDANTS OF HYBRID MIDDLE EASTERNERS AND INDIANS KNOWN BETTER AS BAHUN/CHETTRIS AND THEIR SHIT HINDUISM WITH CAST SYSTEM. THIS IS THE PLAGUE, MAHAROG, CORE OF ALL EVILS IN NEPAL, WE ALL NEPALESE MUST WIPE IT OUT COMPLETELY WITH THEIR KHASISM CULTUUR.
December 23rd, 2005 at 12:50 pm
thank you FINAL SOLUTION !