After police and district attorney’s refusal to take complaint, lawmaker Surendra Yadav approaches human rights commissionCommission asks Nepal Police to explain in writing why it refused to register Yadav’s case and ensure his and his family’s safety.
After the refusal from the Nepal Police and the District Attorney Office, Kathmandu, to register a first information report against his alleged abduction, Janata Samajbadi Party lawmaker Dr Surendra Yadav has approached the National Human Rights Commission seeking its intervention.
The police on Sunday had refused to register an abduction case against two Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders—Mahesh Basnet and Kisan Shrestha—and former police chief Sarbendra Khanal for their roles in the alleged kidnapping of Yadav on April 22. The party leader, after the refusal from the police, had reached out to Kathmandu district attorney office on Tuesday but to no avail.
“He has registered a complaint at the commission following refusal of the police and the district attorney to register the case,” Bed Bhattarai, secretary at the commission, told the Post.
In his complaint Yadav has said Basnet, Shrestha and Khanal kidnapped him from Janakpur, however, the police is not ready to register the case as they enjoy the protection from the government.
“Me and my family members have threats of life from them (those involved in alleged kidnapping,” reads his complaint. “They need to be arrested immediately and lodged a case against them.”
The commission has written to the police headquarters on Thursday itself to explain why Yadav’s case was not registered and to ensure he and his family members are safe. “We have asked the police to explain to us immediately. The commission will take further steps based on the explanation from the police,” he said.
The Metropolitan Police Range, Teku, had denied registering the case saying as the incident took place in Mahottari district which did not fall under its jurisdiction. According to Yadav, he was put under duress by Basnet, Shrestha and Khanal to come with them to Kathmandu from Janakpur.
Yadav’s alleged abduction was one of the events triggered by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s controversial ordinances. One of the ordinances that Oli had tried to push sought to ease a party split, specifically the party that Yadav belonged to—the erstwhile Samajbadi Party. Yadav was allegedly brought to Kathmandu in order to facilitate the split.
Bhattarai, the secretary at the National Human Rights Commission, said though it was police’s responsibility to investigate the case, the commission can ask the police to commence the investigation without any excuse.