The final court martial report concerning the 38th group of UN peacekeepers has been submitted to the Royal Nepal Army. It is learnt that Captain Dr. Steve Pande has fled sensing that action would be taken against him and that the remaining court-martial procedures would be undertaken after his arrest. (The soldiers on UN Peacekeeping duty in Lebanon have been accused of selling arms and ammunition to rebel groups).
Lt Col Rajendra Khadka, who led the Nepali forces on peacekeeping duty, has been dismissed from the army and fined Rs 2.2 million. Others who have been asked to resign are: Havaldars Megh Bahadur Khadka, Kundal Bahadur Tamang, Hom Bahadur Katuwal and Subedar Tirtha Bahadur Adhikary. Officers who have been demoted are: Hari Sharan Adhikary, Captain Bishnu Khatri, Captain Rajesh Thapa Magar, Subedar Sambhu Jung Thapa and Havaldar Ram Hari Thapa.
Major Rishab Dev Bhattarai will not be promoted for the next four years. Officers who will not be promoted for the next three years are: Majors Prabhat Bikram Shah, Pradip Shrestha, Maha Dev Gurung and Naresh Subba. Jamadar Narayan Bahadur Thapa Magar will also not be promoted for the next three years. Additionally, five Majors and one Captain will not be promoted in the next two years, and four Captains, four Subedars, ten Jamadars and four Havaldars will not be promoted for one year. It has also been decided that none of those against whom action has been taken will be sent again on UN duty anywhere in the future.