Chhori Maiya missing case: Kin press investigation team to report findings
KATHMANDU, SEP 10 -
Kin of Chhori Maiya Maharjan , who has been missing for five months, have threatened an agitation if a committee formed by the Home Ministry to find her whereabouts fails to report within five days.
After the family launched a relay hunger strike last month, a committee headed by Joint-secretary at Home Ministry Gokarna Mani Duwadi was formed on August 14. The committee had got seven days to submit a report. However, it is yet to release its findings. Family members accuse the committee of ignoring their queries.
“Since no investigation is under way, we suspect the government formed the committee only to end our hunger strike,” said Chhori Maiya’s daughter Sudha.
DIG Parshuram Khatri, a probe committee member, said an investigation was carried out but refused to share its “findings”. “I am not the right person to comment since I am on leave,” he said, suggesting that the coordinator might have answers. However, Duwadi did not comment on the matter either, let alone sharing the “findings”.
Chhori Maiya went missing on February 28. According to her family, she had gone to visit Surakshya Singh aka Nikki, who was acquainted with the family for 20 years. Preliminary investigations showed Nikki had borrowed Rs 5 million from Chhori Maiya. It was suspected that Nikki had abducted her.
The Kathmandu District Court released her on Rs 100,000 bail. When the family pursued the case, the Appellate Court last Thursday upheld the district court’s decision.
“Our problem is not about Nikki being released,” Sudha said. “Police can carry out investigations to bring back our mother. If the inaction persists and we are denied justice, we will be forced to hit the streets.”
Posted on: 2012-09-10 08:13