The Kavrepalanchowk District Court on Sunday slapped 20 year prison sentence to three Nepal Army officials involved in the murder of Maina Sunuwar nearly a decade ago.
According to record keeper Krishna Prasad Adhikari, a single bench of district court Judge Modini Prasad Poudel gave his verdict according to which then Colonel Babi Khatri, Captain Amrit Pun and Sunil Adhikari, were slapped with life imprisonment as per the Section 3(c) of the Muluki Ain (Civil Code).
15 year old Sunuwar was murdered on February 17, 2004 after intense torture at the Nepal Army barrack following four days of her arrest by the then Nepal Army force. She had been studying in grade nine at the Kharelthok-based Bhagawati Higher Secondary School in Kavre at that time.
Her skeleton was recovered after an excavation carried out at her burial side after two and half years of her murder owing to pressure from human rights activists from home and abroad.
A murder case was registered on January 21, 2008 naming then Colonel Babi Khatri of Birendra Peace Training Center, captains Amit Pun and Sunil Adhikari and major Nirajan Basnet as the accused in her murder.
However, the case had been put on hold. It was reopened after the victimes mother moved to District Court, Kavre, seeking a revival of the case.
Giving her reaction in brief to the National News (RSS) after the court verdict, victim’s mother Devi demanded immediate execution of the court verdict. RSS