THRD Alliance's Update on Excessive use of force by police in Terai


In yet another case of excessive use of force by police in Nepal, a Madhesi was shot dead on 30 June 2019. Saroj Narayan Singh alias ‘Deban’ lost his life and three persons were seriously injured when police fired shots at protesters.

THRD Alliance monitored and documented the incident (see the details below). Our monitoring found that the police used excessive force in this incident in response to the stone pelting by the protesters. Firing of tear gas canisters and firing of shots into the air had dispersed the protesters. Singh was shot from behind. Police neither issued warning that they could fire shots below the knee nor did they give them enough time to comply with the police’s order. In this case, security personnel responded with unnecessary and disproportionate force in reaction to stone throwing by protesters.

We demand that the case be thoroughly investigated and guilty be punished. We also demand that the family of victim be duly compensated.