Refugee registration fraud disclosed

Published on Oct 21 2009 // Main News

Oct 20: Two non-Bhutanese have been reported to get registered in Beldangi-I refugee camp in place of two registered Bhutanese who have gone outside camp for employment. 

Yam Bahadur Rai and his nephew Kirtiman Rai, registered in sector D/4, Hut No. 268 and 69 respectively have been displaced by two unknown locals with the help of Dhan Bahadur Rai, next immediate family member of the same household.

It has been disclosed by a relative Krishna Bhakta Rai that these non-Bhutanese were helped by Dhan Bahadu Rai to get registered in UNHCR. 

It was disclosed only after seven months when Kirtiman returned to the camp and found that the local people had got registered and even had the picture taken in his name.

Kirtiman has accused concerned authorities of not paying attention to his request to investigate his case and punish the culprit. He has further accused that his uncle Dhan Bahadur was active behind the fraud.

“Although we have informed UNHCR and Refugee Coordinating Unit about the incident, Dhan Bahadur has been set free without any investigation,” says Krishna.

Yam Bahadur Rai, who left the refugee camp for India to seek employment seven years ago has not returned yet.

Earlier, Nepal police in Damak had arrested five people including former camp secreatary of Beldangi-II camp Deo Raj Pradhan in connection to fraud in resettlement process.

(From BNS)