From The Nepali Press
Not a Maoist
Kantipur, 9 August
FROM ISSUE #209 (13 AUG 2004 - 19 AUG 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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PANCHKANYA- 27-year-old Samasi Rai was a farmer and lived with his two wives and two-and-half year old son. On 3 August, some soldiers called him out of his house, blindfolded him and took him away. The next day at 9PM, they brought him and shot him dead close to the house. But they haven't given his body back to the family. Samasi's father, Dil Bahadur Rai found blood stains, his son's slippers and four cartridges at the spot where he was killed. Before killing him, the soldiers had brought Samasi to his family, and questioned his wife Mina about why she, a Chhetri, had married a Rai. Mina sobs: "He was never a Maoist, why did they kill him? Why aren't they giving us back his body? Who are they providing security to?" Samasi's second wife, Pabitra, has a baby. "How will I take care of him now?" she says. Kushal, the head of the Maoist's publicity wing in Sunsari, Kushal, says Samasi was not a Maoist, even though he was taken for questioning by the army last year.