Expressing serious concern over what it said were criminal activities of YCL (that is, Young Communist League of the Maoist party), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the government to independently and impartially probe crimes committed by the Maoist youth wing and punish them on charges of criminal offence. “NHRC has received complaints and information that YCL has committed inhuman activities like abduction, murder, beating and issuing threats. NHRC expresses serious concern over these activities,” NHRC said in a statement issued yesterday.
In the statement, NHRC, the constitutional human rights watchdog, has listed 10 complaints it has received in recent days against the Maoist youth wing. They are:
* Murder of Ram Hari Shrestha after abduction.
* Seriously beating and injuring UML cadres Ram Singh Rai, Khagendra Kumar Rai, Dedraj Basnet and Kul Bahadur Rai at Kulung Bhojpur. All are being treated at TU Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu.
* Destroying the house of Chandra Bahadur Shrestha of Okharpauwa, Nuwakot, accusing him of not casting vote for the Maoists and being active against Maoists. The house was under construction.
* Beating up and injuring Rameshwor Pokharel, a teacher of Nepane Secondary School in Gorkha for not casting vote for CPN (Maoist).
* Disrupting drinking water supply by cutting the pipes in Nawalpur-8, Sindhupalchowk, accusing villagers of not voting for Maoists and for not donating money for a road construction project.
* Death threats from YCL has forced the five-member family of one Nara Bahadur Gurung to flee their home in Changthapu VDC of Panchthar district.
* Mercilessly beating up five brothers of a family at Kaskikot of Kaski district.
* Manhandling Ram Banjare, the owner of Gulmeli Hotel in Arghakhanchi.
* Threatening Pratap Singh Tamang of Hokse VDC, Kavre district for voting Nepali Congress.
* Beating up teachers Krishna Prasad Pathak and Ram Nath Tiwari of Rameshwor Higher Secondary School in Chitwan.
Meanwhile, YCL beat couple in Kavre: Giving continuity to their excesses, cadres of YCL beat up Ram Bahadur Tamang and his wife Devmaya of Salle Bhumlu VDC-2 in Kavrepalanchowk, in the name of settling a dispute with their neighbor five days ago. The incident came to light after the victims on Sunday lodged a complaint to Dhulikhel police against the YCL cadres. Tamang had treated his wounds at a public health post at Dhulikhel while his wife was taken to Life Care Hospital in Sundhara, Kathmandu, where she had to stay for three days for treatment.
“YCL cadre Dipak Chaulagain had dragged my mother out and began beating her mercilessly,” said Roshni, who took her mother to Kathmandu for treatment. “She also told me that Dipak, Kanchhi and other Maoists had beaten her up before she fell unconscious.” However, the accused YCL cadre Chaulagain maintained that Devmaya was injured after falling off from bed during the incident.
Meanwhile, police arrested Chandra Bahadur, the neighbor, to investigate the incident. Enmity began between the neighbors after Tamang’s wife allegedly beat up Chandra Bahadur over a dispute during maize seed plantation recently.