Digging Out A Maoist Corpse For Medical Test

NHRC exhumes body of suspected Maoist
An National Human Rights team with an unidentified boy it exhumed at Mulkhola, Masanghat in Kavrepalanchowk on Wednesday.
Pics by Bikash Karki via the Kathmandu Post

By Kiran Chapagain
The Kathmandu Post (For the record)

MULKHOLA MASANGHAT, Kavre, July 5- For Tirtha Maya Tamang, a local housewife, it took over two years to see the riddle of her spade and shovel solved. Some soldiers on patrol had taken away the tools from her house without permission early one morning. The tools have been missing since then.

But on Wednesday, she came to know that the army had taken her tools to bury the body of a suspected Maoist they had killed earlier that morning – believed to be on February 4, 2004 – as the body was exhumed from a jungle just above her house.

House of the dead Maoist

Tirtha Maya Tamang’s house from where the soldiers took spade and shovel to dig the hole.

High voltage drama in the morning of February 4, 2004

It was around 7 am in the morning. The dwellers of Mulkhola Masanghat area, a hamlet, all of a sudden heard firings from all the sides. According to Tirtha Maya Tamang, local people were made to go inside their home. Nobody was allowed to pass though the area then. According to Ram Krishna Shrestha who was traveling in a bus heading to Banepa at the time of firing, buses passing through the area where the body was buried, were stopped by the army. The area was totally cordoned and sealed off. Army personnel were seen coming from four directions in that area and firings were heard from all directions.

After a while, army personnel left the area and headed toward Panauti. Shrestha quoted local people as saying that the army returned saying to the local people thus: “Timerlai dukha dine dui pahuna sidhyaidiu (We finished two of your guests who bother you). Bihan bihannai purnu parcha (We have to bury even in the morning).” The people were then confused over what the army personnel were talking about at that time. Today, locals have understood the meaning of what the army personnel meant as the remains of a man was exhumed.

In its bid to search for people who had disappeared at the hands of the state, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday exhumed the body from a jungle of rhododendron and pine at a height of approximately 1,900 meters.

It took nearly four hours to dig up the body for a team led by NHRC member Sudip Pathak and doctors Harihar Osti and Pramod Shrestha of the Department of Forensic Medicines at the Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj. Shoes and jacket were in identifiable condition while the flesh had decayed. Locals in the area helped NHRC locate the burial recently. The exercise was carried out in the presence of local people, relatives of Bolakhe and journalists.

NHRC exhumes body of suspected Maoist

NHRC believes the body might be that of Hari Prasad Bolakhe, a 35-year old man from Fulbari VDC-8, some 17 kilometers east from Dhulikhel. “We have to wait for DNA test results before coming to any formal conclusion on whether it is the body of Bolakhe or not,” said Pathak. But Madusudan Satyal who hails from the same village of Bolakhe, said that he knew the body was Bolakhe’s on the basis of the color of the jacket. “He had worn a red jacket on December 27, 2003, when he was arrested from Banepa,” Satyal said.

Satyal and Bolakhe had tea in the morning at Baneshwore before Bolakhe headed for Banepa on that day. Bolakhe’s brother Sagar also said he recognized his brother’s jacket and shoes. Bolakhe, a pastor by profession, has been missing since the arrest. His name also featured in the Narayan Gopal Malego report on disappeared people made public on October 11, 2004. The report said Bolakhe was released after detention on April 20, 2004.

Meanwhile, Gyan Devi, wife of Bolakhe, is still waiting desperately with her four children to see the mystery over her husband’s disappearance solved. NHRC had carried out in January this year a similar exercise for a 15-year girl in Dhading district.

Related Link
1. Kantipur news on the same incident

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13 thoughts on “Digging Out A Maoist Corpse For Medical Test

  1. Damn horrible but the leaders have started to forget the supression of vampire R(NA)and bowing infront of it’s chief and the autocratic king.

  2. Good to see NHRC going after graves. Hopefully they will have enough balls to dig graves dug by the Maoist as well.

  3. Work fast……..time is running out….

    The perpetrators should be tried at ” International Criminal Court of Justice ” at the Hague for crime against Humanity.

  4. श्रीमान गम्भिर माओवादी |
    प्रचन्ड प्रतापि भुपति||

    श्री आठ माओवादी सरकारको |
    सदा रहोस् उन्नती ||

    राखुन चिरयु माओले |
    माओवादी फैलियोस् पुकरओउ लाल सलामले हामी नेपाली साराले||

  5. And when I call for a reform of the army they think I am crazy.

    Look it’s not that I sympathize with the Maoists. They’re closer to the definition of terrorists than anything else. You don’t talk about ‘human rights’ or ‘reform’ when you are talking about terrorists.

    I want the army to be reformed and turned into a professional unit so that when society needs to deal with outfits like the PLA or what not it is done in a proper manner. The way the RNA went about their work they were actually converting more people into Maoists. That’s a shame.

  6. Whom to try for crime against humanity?
    – Establishment leaders
    -Maoist leaders
    both were killing people in the name of their philosophy

  7. A brave army defending our nation! We are lucky, aren’t we? They are the ones who enjoy our taxes and yet try to be our masters. Great work (R)NA, keep it up. You were the ones who encouraged people to join maoists by your “brave” deeds.

  8. How come UWB has’nt done a piece on the wedding of Sujata Koirala’s daughter. 4000 guests!!!!! Why was the wedding of Pyar Jung’s daughter only a matter of interest? Where does Sujata get her money from for thousands of guests???? Also, why the hurry to get the daughter married while her father is in hospital????

  9. pl, good question. UWB should treat everyone equally. I know it’s difficult but try to avoid bias, please.

  10. What a coward army following autocratic killer Gynendra’s orders.
    So many innocent civilians were killed and disappeared in the name of maoist by king’s private killer army.
    Gynendra, a killer must be punished for all his crimes against his own family and Nepal.

    Everest Poudel, San Francisco, CA. USA

  11. Khas yo thikai hola mero vannu k hi chaina tara news leKhda kunai pani repoterle manabiya sambedana lai khulayer reporting garnu bes hola taki tyo news kasaiko lagi abisap nabanos
    ” I mean yaha vanna Khojeko kura ko Example:- Bhimsen Thapale jasto kasaile garnu naparos yeuta repoter ko news lai liyer.”

  12. RNA was very bad when they used to abduct the peopleand bring them inside the barracks and kill them. When a young lady, Chhori or Buhari goes to cut the grass for the animals in the forest, the RNA abduct them, rape them, kill them and throw them as the activists as Maoists. This was the act these RNA were doing. That is why they could not win the battle against rag tag Maoists. RNA boasts of International training and UN peacekeeping experience but they were failure in their own house. They don’t have any credibilty in the hearts and minds of the people, particularly in the villages.It is a long way to go to do that.

    Upper class officers are invovled in rampant corruption.The mony for corruption comes from UN participation and from Thekdaars.Big army officers are making very big palaces in Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal.One Former Chief made one such palace in Lalitpur which can be seen from Ring Road near Tibetan Refugee Camp (from near the road to Nakkhu). We used to call it a Potala Palce. There are so many examples: these retired Chiefs when you meet them, they are never tired of boasting about
    how they served their “Nation” and “the King”.

    But they are still living on the sweat and blood of the poor soldiers. I met so many hypocrites in my life, they say one thing to impress you and they did exactly the opposite when they got the opprtunity to serve their country and people.Dor Bahadur Bista said “Nepalese are honest till the time when they did not have opportunity to be corrupt”. This motto is relevant to his own son Keshar Bahadur Bista.

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