Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Three Nepalis register as refugees in Beldangi camp

Three Nepalis have been reported registered as refugees in Beldangi II camp during the ongoing census carried out jointly by the UNHCR and Nepal government.

According to, a news portal run by the refugees, assistant chief of the Refugee Coordination Unit (RCU) of the camp Shat Kumar Pokhrel registered three Nepalis under a family whose three members were absent during the earlier round of census.

Editor of the news portal TP Mishra told Nepalnews that three Nepalis were registered under the Sigdel family of Sector I-4 of the camp.

The census team is also reported to have agreed for interviewing the three members of the family on May 5 after prolonged debate and discussion. The three Nepalis were registered on January 28.

The report said the RCU official tried to bribe the Sigdel family with Rs 5,000 pleading not to leak out the issue.

The Sigdel family was shown only the photos of those Nepalis who were registered but not allowed to see their names and other details because of which they were unable to identify the persons.

The UNHCR said investigation into the issue has already begun.

The census is due to end on May 11.

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