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Isn’t this a historical photo? YES. This is what is called democracy perhaps. Police Inspector Abhushan Timilsina drags a brat royal honorary ADC (on June 20) who thought he could do anything he wished on the streets of Kathmandu. This was very much needed to tame these raja sahebs.Pic by Narendra Shrestha via Kantipur
Quote of the Year
“If you can handcuff a person who has become the prime minister of this country twice, why can’t you do the same to [people like] Bharat Keshar? The situation wasn’t such that police could disperse the crowd by charging lathis and firing shots. If we had done so, 15-20 people would have been killed and Hotal Malla would have been burnt to ashes.”
Police Inspector Abhushan Timilsina
This country needs brave and bold police officers like Abhushan Timilsina who brilliantly decided to implement the law without keeping in mind the culprits haisiyet and background. Under pressure from the fading royalist power, big heads of police force summoned Timilsina and interrogated as to why he didn’t reach the venue on time and couldn’t control the situation. Valley DIG Deepak Thangden and Kathmandu Police Office SP Dhak Bahadur Karki interrogated Inspector Timilsina on June 21. Timilsina said that he handcuffed Bharat Keshar Singh and his sons [former Majors of Nepal Army Ajay and Ananta] as they were trying to destabilize peace in the society by taking law into their own hands.
We have seen pictures of Queen Komal visiting a hospital where Bharat Keshar was being treated. We are yet to see the same Queen visiting Aang Dawa Sherpa.
[Bharat Keshar and company have alleged that the bike first hit the car and as they were trying to make their point the Aang Dawa Sherpa smashed the windscreen with his helmet. After the incident, they say, they went to Malla Hotel to take refuge as per the suggestion of a traffic police on duty. They say that they contacted the police from inside the hotel but the police reached only three hours later. They also allege that the crowd burnt their car in the presence of police.]
Finally, Bharat Keshar Singh and his gang has realized the mistake and apologized to Aang Dawa Sherpa. Both sides reached an agreement on Sunday (June 25) in the offices of Kathmandu Police Chief Dhak Bahadur Karki. Singh’s side paid compensation of Rs.. 5 thousands to Sherpa and promised to cover all expenses needed for the maintainance of the bike. Singh’s two sons- second Avaya and youngest Ananta- who were involved in the attack signed the agreement paper. Singh’s first son Amar, a lawyer for the family and tow relatives of Sherpa were present in the Police office. Bharat Keshar didn’t appear as he was reportedely undergoing treatment in Birendra Sainik Hospital. Ananta’s wife who provoked the men to beat Sherpa was also not present. Both the brothers said sorry and shaked hands with Sherpa. “They realized their mistake and said sorry,” Sherpa said. “That’s the important thing.”
We can imagine that Bharat Keshar and company didn’t apoligize out of respect to Sherpa. Peoples’ pressure worked. Students protested against Bharat Keshar and his sons’ misbehaving. Pic by Prakash Mathema via Kantipur
What Happended That Day
By Aang Dawa Sherpa
Aang Dawa Sherpa Pic by Bikash Karki
It was 5:30 in the evening of Tuesday (June 20). I was returning to my room in Jorpati with my uncle’s son Gyaljen from my office in Durbarmarg (King’s Way). There was traffic jam in Lainchaur. A car was behind my motorcycle. That car’s tire went from above my leg. I requested the driver to drive properly. Two people got off the car and started beating me saying, “Don’t you recognize us?” Seconds later, a grey- haired old man got off the car and starting beating me. A woman also came out of the car, pushed me away and scolded me. I didn’t understand what she was saying but she was the one who provoked the men to intensify the action against me. I fell on the road because of their beating. Gyaljen, my brother, helped me get up. Two men who beat me in the beginning dragged my bike up to the [Malla] hotel.
Gyaljen took me toward Thamel. They continued beating me until I we reached Thamel. I was soaked in blood. We reached at Nima Restaurant located between Saraswati Campus and Amrit Science College. I was too weak because of beating. Body and head were swollen. After keeping me for a few minutes in the restaurant, Gyaljen took me to Manamohan Memorial Hospital in Sorakhutte.
I don’t know what happened afterwards in the location where the incident took place. I knew about the identity of people after reading newspapers. It was reported that those people were ‘big heads’ Bharat Keshar Singh, his sons and daughter-in-laws. I didn’t recognize them. [Ultra royalist and Hindu fundamentalist Singh is the honorary ADC to King Gyanendra and president of World Hindu Federation. His two sons Ananta and Ajay are former Majors of (Royal) Nepal Army.]
I also didn’t know that students beat them later but I remember shopkeepers were mutely watching as they were beating me. The crowd might have gathered because the woman from the car was screaming in loud voice. Students might have reached there after hearing the noise. But we couldn’t even ask for help.
I suffered serious injuries and now in the process of recovering. There are wounds on head, neck and eyes. I feel dizzy frequently. I feel pain on part above neck while breathing. I feel pain even if I touch my head.
Sherpa with his wife
I was riding 250 CC XR Honda that costs Rs. 475 thousands. They destroyed the bike which is useless now. My brother has taken that to a workshop in Chhetrapati for maintenance. It is not safe for me to ride the same bike again because those who beat me can recognize it very easily. How can I feel that these people will spare me who pulled strings and forced the Police to take action against Abhushan Timilsina, the inspector at Durbarmarg Police Office?
My house is in Harisebachle-9, Khotang district. I am working as a trekking and climbing guide and trainer for Himalayan Adventura in Durbarmarg. I live in Jorpati with my family (a three-year-old daughter, a one-year-old son and a wife). I filed complain at Shorakhutte Police Office giving details of what happened on that day. Police has been pressuring me to reach an agreement with those who beat me. I don’t want to compromise. I want security of my life and properties. If anything happens to me and my family, those who attacked me should be held responsible.
As told me Jitendra Sah on June 22.