Death in Detention: Victim Deprived of Compensation and Justice

  September 27, 2021 By: INSEC

The family of Kiran Rai, 18, had lost his life at the District Police Office eight years ago. Kiran’s family has neither received compensation nor justice.

Kiran Rai of Diktal Rupakot Majhuwagadhi Municipality-10 was arrested on June 11, 2013, on the charge of killing. He died in the custody on July 10, 2013.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had recommended legal action against 11 people including the then DSP Rajeev Basnet and Inspector Ramesh Dev.

NHRC had recommended them to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers on September 1, 2013, to take action against them under the Muluki Ain.

Shyambabu Kafle, head of the NHRC, Khotang, said that NRs. 300,000 has been recommended as compensation to the victim’s family.

According to him, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Council of Ministers had written to the Ministry of Home Affairs on April 20, 2015, to provide compensation on the recommendation of the commission.

The Biratnagar High Court’s temporary bench in Okhaldunga had issued an order in the name of the District Police Office on August 31, 2017, to proceed with the investigation into the incident.

Rajeev Rai, a relative of the victim, said that despite the decision and recommendation of the commission, Kiran did not get justice.

Chief District Officer Mitra Lal Sharma said that an inquiry should be held into what has happened to find the reason behind not paying the compensation.

Family members of the victim have alleged that Kiran Rai died after the brutal beating of the police. On contrary to this, the police claimed it to be dead due to pneumonia after which few tests were conducted to confirm it.

At the initiative of the NHRC, forensic expert Dr. Harihar and his team had examined the body.

Taranath Phuyal