Nepal Police begins internal probe on vetting cases

Published On: July 28, 2016 12:30 AM NPT By: Kamal Pariyar

KATHMANDU, July 28: Nepal Police has started investigation into the cases under the vetting category that has posed serious challenge to the security personnel by barring them from promotion and other important international opportunities.

After consultation with related stakeholders, the Crime Investigation Department of Nepal Police in collaboration with the Human Rights Unit based at Police Headquarters, has started investigation into seven controversial cases related to serious human rights violation. 
The trend of categorizing security personnel under 'vetting' by the UN agencies and various western embassies based in Kathmandu has compelled Nepal Police to reinvestigate the cases to avoid possible hassles in the future, according to Nepal Police officials.

DIG Bijayalal Kayastha of the Crime Investigation Department said that they have assigned officers to investigate the cases of alleged human rights violation. As per the plan of reinvestigation, DSP Gopal Shrestha has been assigned to probe a case of human rights violation in Mahendranagar and DSP Bhabes Rimal has been assigned to investigate a case of the People's Movement-II in Nepalgunj.

Cases related to human rights violation in Kathmandu will be looked after by the police headquarters itself, said DIG Kayastha, adding that they would deploy more teams if required.

“After we get the reports of reinvestigation, we will discuss with the related stakeholders about the facts we receive from the field,” said DIG Kayastha.

Nepal Police and Nepal Army officials have been questioning the credibility of recommendations made by some NGOs based in Nepal for vetting security personnel.

Related experts in Nepal claim lack of clear policy on the part of the government to address such cases and negligence in implementing the recommendations made by constitutional bodies in Nepal on human rights violations by the security personnel. They have also been demanding the need of clear policy and initiatives from the government in identifying the perpetrators of human rights violation and responding to the international agencies at the earliest.

Hundreds of security personnel, 24 different police units and barracks of Nepal Army have been blacklisted by the international agencies, officials claim.

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