Incident Reports

Detainee died in police custody at Lalitpur Metropolitan Police Range


Bagmati, Lalitpur, Lalitpur

On 1 July 2020, Durgesh Yadav, a 24-year-old detainee, died in police custody at Lalitpur Metropolitan Police Range. He was originally from Aurahi Rural Municipality, Siraha District. He had been living in Koteshwor, Kathmandu for studies and work. On 28 June 2020, police arrested him in Gwarko on suspicion of rape. He was kept in isolation as was yet to be tested for coronavirus. After 3 days, his body was found hanging in the toilet of the police station. While in police custody, police had not recorded his statement. They also failed to inform his family. They came to learn about the alleged rape only after his death. Due to lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, his parents could not come to Kathmandu to receive the dead body. One of his relatives, with lots of difficulty, went to receive the body when police threatened him that the body will be “thrown away” if someone did not come to collect it. Durgesh’s family members believe that he was in a good condition, and he could not have committed a suicide.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Torture
Weapons Unclear
Primary Cause Violence in prisons (violence by correction officers, prisoners etc.)
Actor 1 - Number of people N
Actor 1 - Affiliations Police
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth youth
Total Killed 1
Youth Killed 1
National/Online Media