EXCLUSIVE: Subba finally says ‘no’ to his hand in murder


Responding to the media speculations, based on statements given by murderer of KB Khadka to police, that he leads United Revolutionary Front of Bhutan (URFB), S. B. Subba defended it calling baseless allegations to weaken the movement for human rights in Bhutan.

In an exclusive e-mail interview with TP Mishra of BNS, Subba said he is extremely unaware of who is arrested and on what basis his involvement in murderer is being claimed.

“HUROB has condemned strongly in both the cases and continue to do so in the future if such incidences repeat. I feel some one is intentionally trying to malign me, damage my image, and weaken our movement for human rights, democracy and struggle for repatriation.”, said Subba.

In response to BNS query regarding why he has delayed to make comments regarding such sensitive news, Subba said he was in journey to New Delhi in India.

“It is not that I purposely delayed to respond. I was in journey to Delhi. Today only, I could surf the internet and surprisingly found so many unsavory things about me. Of course it is not the first time that such fingers have been pointed at me,” added Subba.

Subba has further stated that such rancor does not matter. “I work with conscience and serve larger part of our community and their interests.  At least I am happy that one of the culprits is arrested and through him, the Nepal police should find the rest and punish them according to the law of the land deservingly. Just giving name is not sufficient to prove a man guilty,” said Subba.

Most wanted murderer Yadav Gurung and his ally Pahal Man Rai, who were arrested by Armed Police Force (APF) from Timai camp on October 2, had disclosed the involvement of S.B.Subba, chairperson of Human Rights Organization of Bhutan, with URFB, an underground outfit that stabbed Shantiram Nepal of Beldangi-I and K.B.Khadka of Beldangi-II Extension.

Subba also commented on the following questions. Excerpts:

BNS: What do you say about the media reports that you lead URFB and have hand in murdering Shanti Ram Nepal and KB Khadka.
Subba: One should remember that the responsibility of murder of Santi Ram Nepal was owned up by the organization called Liberation Army of Bhutan (LAB).Therefore, it is obvious that the same organization is involved in the murder of KB Khadka as one of the culprits belong to that group is now arrested although he says that he belong to URFB.

Police should ask him regarding who led them to carry out such heinous crime. The same organization also did posturing in the camps some times in May 2009 warning all the leaders to unite and launch the movement inside Bhutan within 21 days or face dire consequences. That should also be one basis to lead to the conclusion that LAB is most probable organization to commit the crime.

BNS: You were also arrested and later released on bail during the time when Shanti Ram Nepal in Beldangi-I camp was shot dead some months back. This time the murderer of KB Khadka has also told to the police that you lead URFB and that both the incidents were occurred by URFB. What do you say?
Subba: It is true that I was called by the Damak police in Jhapa Nepal to clarify some doubt arising out my name in the diary of Santi Ram Nepal. After that, I was let free unconditionally. No question of bail.

BNS: That means murderer have just intended to defame your image?
Subba: The most important thing here I feel is not who is involved in what organization but to find the real culprits of murder of KB Khadka and reason and persons behind. Let me make all clear that I am not leading the URFB. In time to come one will know who is leading the URFB. I am already the Chairman of Human Rights organization of Bhutan (HUROB) since 1991 and I do not want extra burden to carry on.

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A father, husband, public speaker, and a freelancer, Mr. Mishra returns to this news portal as the Executive Editor after he had served in the same capacity for nearly three years in the recent past. Born in Dagana, Bhutan and raised in the refugee camp in Nepal, Mishra’s entry into journalism began as early as 2002, and he has been volunteering in the area since then.
Mr. Mishra worked as a special correspondent for The Bhutan Reporter (TBR) Monthly for a few years in the early-mid 2000s. Later, he became Editor at the same newspaper, and also served as the Chief Editor of TBR for two years. He is one of the founder members of Bhutan News Service (BNS), where he started serving as Editor (2006-2009), and later Chief Editor (2009-2011).
Mr. Mishra also served as one of the main hosts of the radio program, Saranarthi Sarokar (translates to ‘Refugee Concern’ in English) in one of the local FM stations in Kathmandu, Nepal from 2007 through 2009. As a host of the program, he interviewed dozens of high-profile Nepalese and Bhutanese politicians, academicians, social and community leaders, including foreign diplomats then based in Kathmandu and Jhapa, Nepal.
Aside from his reporting work while in Kathmandu, Mr. Mishra also got involved in other philanthropic work, and helped needy refugees. Mr. Mishra led two donation campaigns through the lobby in Kathmandu among fellow Bhutanese refugees and supported fire victims in the refugee camp in the eastern part of the country. Mr. Mishra also directly assisted dozens of sick patients with various illnesses from the refugee camps in Jhapa to get their appropriate treatment in Kathmandu-based hospitals at a discounted rate and/or free of cost.
Mr. Mishra has appeared in various national, regional and international publications including the Wall Street Journal, Aljazeera America, Explore Parts Unknown, Global Post, Himal Southasian, among dozens of other media outlets with articles aimed at advocating the Bhutanese refugee issue. The New York Times, BBC, Guardian Weekly, among many others have featured Mishra’s work. Mr. Mishra has also written articles extensively reflecting the state of ‘freedom of speech & expression in Bhutan.’
Mr. Mishra is also the author of a handbook called Becoming a Journalist in Exile.
Mr. Mishra is the recipient of two awards—one by the Bhutan Press Union (2006), and the other by the Organization of Bhutanese Communities in America (2011) for his contributions in the related field. Founder President of the Bhutan Chapter of the Third World Media Network (2006-2012), Mishra has also represented Bhutan in various regional and national-level trainings and seminars on media freedom while during his stay in Nepal.
Mr. Mishra holds his first Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Purbanchal University in Nepal, and the second Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.