Security personnel found guilty in eastern Nepal massacre

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Kathmandu, Jan 12 (UNI) A parliamentary committee, formed to probe the Belbari massacre in eastern Nepal, has held the then security chief and more than two dozen security officials guilty, local media reports said here today.

''The parliamentary committee recommended against 28 security officials, including the then Army Brigadier General, Chief District Officer and the Police Chief,'' Kantipur reported.

The committee was formed in May 2006 to investigate the incident in Belbari of Morang district, in which army men had killed six civilians and injured dozen others on April 25, 2006.

The army started firing indiscriminately at the local residents after they picketed the security post protesting the brutal murder of a local, Sapana Gurung.

The committee has recommended action against the former Birgadier General Om Bahadur Pun, Head of Dhankuta Brigade Pawan Bahadur Pandey, Head of Bishnu battalion Raju Tamang, and some other officials, it said.

The committee has also recommended separate action against additional 16 army personnel and six policemen.

UNI XC PD RN1615

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