Accusing Nepal Police of brutalizing Prashant Pandey in custody, a Swiss association against impunity based on Geneva, TRIAL, has filed a complaint against Nepal Police at United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Pandey was arrested by Rupandehi Nepal Police on 7th April 2011. Pandey has said that Nepal Police tortured him incessantly for more than a year. He also said that Nepal Police did so for coercing him to accept that he was involved in the bomb blasting act on 27th March 2011. In the complaint, TRIAL has requested UNHRC to ask Government of Nepal for investigating upon human rights violation of the victim and take necessary actions against the faulted.
TRIAL has said that Pandey suffered inhumane cruelty during the custody at Lumbini Zonal Police Office. It is said that Pandey was physically and mentally tortured with brutal acts involving nailing, wrapping eyes, threatening, making the victim urine on electric heater and making the victim unconscious with electric shock. Pandey is still suffering from serious mental illness including sensual weakness. Pandey has said that following brutal torture, he was forced to sign papers stating his involvement in the bomb blasting. He was set to open communication only after forceful signing on the infringement papers.
Two years after the arrest, on 13th June 2012, Rupandehi District Court had declared one year imprisonment for Pandey. The Court had stated that there was no involvement of Pandey in placement of the bomb, but he was involved in preliminaries and planning of the bomb blasting. Having being in custody for more periods enough than the sentence, Pandey was set free. But, he hadn’t got compensation against the physical and mental torture during in custody.
Pandey did file a case under Compensation for Torture Act 1996 at Rupandehi District Court. But, referencing to 35 days precondition, the court refused to list his case. Also, on 23rd January 2013, Pandey gave an application at Supreme Court, asking for investigation upon his human rights violation and charging the condemned against inhumane acts. His application at Supreme Court is still pending.