Interview with Maoist Student in Nepal: "Many have died in detention"
Revolution #009, July 24, 2005
The US supports the Gyanendra Monarchy
in its brutal counter-insurgency against the People's War
in Nepal and has provided the Royal Nepalese Army with money,
training and weapons.
Krishna Khatri Chhetri, also known as Krishna
K.C., is the former vice-president of the Maoist student
organzation, the All Nepal National Independent Student
Union (Revolutionary). He was arrested without a warrant
in Kathmandu, on September 13, 2003 by army personnel in
civilian clothes. In early 2004, the National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) reported that K.C. was being held in the
Bairabnath army barracks and was in poor health. But the
army repeatedly obstructed attempts to locate Krishna K.C.
and denied he was in army detention. On October 19, 2005,
Krishna K.C. was released on the orders of the Supreme Court,
on the basis that his detention was illegal. But police
re-arrested him as he left the court with lawyers, journalists
and other human rights defenders present.
The following interview with Krishna KC
interview was published by the Nepali-language weekly Prakash
on September 26. The English translation was done
by Nepali Times.
Maoist student leader Krishna KC has been
detained for 25 months in the army barracks. Despite being
released by the Supreme Court, police rearrested him and the
District Appellate Court of Patan instructed that he be kept
in police custody for 20 days. KC was interviewed in detention
and had a speech impediment, which he said was caused by torture
What did they do after they arrested
I was blindfolded and kept in a dark room.
Then they started asking about the whereabouts of Baburam
and Prachanda [top leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal
(Maoist)]. They interrogated me for two hours and tortured
me brutally. When I fainted they beat me mercilessly. There
were blood clots all over my body. There were hundreds of
detainees. In Bhairabnath, I met 225 prisoners on my way to
the toilet. I could hear screams of tortured prisoners in
How were you tortured?
Its not possible to talk about all the mental
and physical torture. Many have died as a result. I was electrocuted
and hit on the face until I bled. The worst torture was being
blindfolded for two years. For twenty-two months they tied
my hands behind my back and kept me blindfolded. I was kept
at Bhairabnath, Yudha Bhairab and Ranger Battalion. These
are the main barracks where people are tortured and killed.
What role did human rights activists
play when you were in the barracks?
Officials from the NHRC, UN High Commission
and ICRC visited me. Whenever news about a detainee is published
in the press, that person is moved to another detention place
where he is tortured severely. When I was taken from Bhairabnath
to Yudha Bhairab I was taken to the jungle, put in a sack
and beaten. A prisoner named Khadka Buda died asking for water.
He was not a Maoist. Padam Nakarmi died the same way. I spent
days eating rice grains from the floor.
Did they torture you after news about
you became public?
They kicked me while reading the news from
Amnesty International and Kantipur. When the papers wrote
about Matrika Yadab and Suresh Ale Magar they were also tortured.
Matrika Yadab is still very ill. Both are in the Ranger Battalion
How would you describe the attitude
of the security forces?
They have said openly they will not spare
anyone. A general by the name of Biplab Gurung told me that
I was lucky. When I was arrested I was the Kathmandu Valley
bureau chief. When I was taken in, there were hundreds of
detainees in the hall but very few were real Maoists. They
end up torturing and killing hundreds of innocent civilians.
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