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Last Updated: Sun, 07.10.12 15:25

Police crackdown on activists protesting Basnet’s promotion

Police arrested over a dozen human rights activists who were protesting in front of Prime Minister’s official residence in the capital Sunday morning, against the recent promotion of Colonel Raju Basnet to the post of Brigadier General.

The activists staging the sit-in protest said the police arrested their colleagues staging peaceful demonstration against the government’s decision to promote Basnet, who is accused of serious human rights violations.

On October 4, the government had promoted Colonel Basnet to the post of Brigadier General even though he has been implicated in serious human rights abuses.

During the conflict period, Basnet was commander of the Bhairabnath Battalion located at Maharajgunj from where 49 Maoist detainees had gone missing. All of them are suspected to have been executed.

Several national and international rights watch dog including the Human Rights Alliance, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists and Amnesty International have slammed Basnet’s promotion. Nepalnews.com