UN rights body wrongly says father of deceased two-year-old also died in Kailali clash

South Asia Check / August 26, 2015

Rupert Colville, spokesperson of OHCHR

Rupert Colville, spokesperson of OHCHR

In a press briefing on Maldives, Nepal and Iraq by spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Rupert Colville on 25 August 2015, it has been stated that “seven members of the security forces and three protestors were reportedly killed in the Tikapur clash”.

Colville’s press briefing further states that “a two-year-old son of one deceased police officer was also killed.”

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Southasiacheck.org on August 26 has confirmed that the father of the said two-year-old is alive.

Netra Saud, a head constable with the Armed Police Force (APF) and the father of the deceased baby Tekendra Saud, was also interviewed by a Kailali-based journalist Bachhu BK for the online edition of Himal Khabarpatrika on 26 August, 2015.

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In the incident, altogether eight persons–five Nepal Police personnel, two personnel of the APF and a two-year-old toddler–were killed.  The five Nepal Police personnel killed in the incident were Laxman Neupane, Balaram Bista, Keshav Bohora, Shyam Bahadur Khadka and Lokendra Bahadur Chand, according to Nepal Police. According to Ajaya Chhatkulli, deputy superintendent of the APF, two APF personnel who died in the incident were Lalit Bahadur Saud and Ram Bihari Tharu.

Hence the OHCHR statement is incorrect.

(Updated: Names of two deceased personnel of the Armed Police Force and date of the Himalkhabar report revised)

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