KATHMANDU : The Nepal Army Headquarters has opened an investigation into a case of three army captains allegedly assaulting a soldier deputed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of the UN Mission.
Three captains Indra Thapa, Subash Humagain and Yogendra Dhital have reportedly thrashed the soldier Nawaraj Majhi in DRC. A photo of Majhi with his bruised body has gone viral on social media, prompting the Army Headquarters to initiate the investigation into the case.
Stating that its attention has been drawn to the photo, the Directorate of Public Relation and Information of the Nepal Army on Saturday said the probe into the case is already underway. According to the directorate, ‘Court of Inquiry’ has already been set up to investigate the alleged assault upon soldiers by the captains.
Nepal Army’s Spokesperson Santosh Ballav Poudel said that the ‘court of inquiry’ has been set up to probe into the involvement of all soldiers and officers involved in the case by violating the Nepal Army’s code of conduct and disciplinary norms.
Earlier on last Thursday, three captains had allegedly beaten soldiers from Jwala Battalion deputed in DRC under the UN Mission. The photo of a soldier with his injury and bruises on his body went viral on social media. The captains have reportedly clarified that they beat soldiers on Thursday night for creating noises by flouting the code of conduct and disciplinary norms.
Immediately after knowing about the case, the Chief of Army Staff, Purna Chandra Thapa had directed the headquarters to open an investigation into the alleged assault.