HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Devendra Bikram Rokka who was recently arrested for operating an international drug racket, was found to be a member of Federation of Nepali Journalists, Lalitpur Chapter.
This came to light after FNJ Central Secretariat today decided to cancel Rokka’s general membership of the umbrella organisation of journalists. An FNJ press statement informed that the 53-year-old drug dealer’s FNJ membership was cancelled for indulging in activities that injured the prestige of FNJ.
“FNJ decided to this effect as per Section 30 (a) of the FNJ statute on the recommendation of FNJ Lalitpur Chapter after Rokka was arrested for producing and distributing hashish,” read the statement.
Narcotic Drug Control Law Enforcement Unit, New Baneshwor, on May 7 had arrested Rokka, who was operating a high-tech drug refinery at his house in Sitapaila. He had expanded his hashish network to Europe, America and Canada in the last decade.
Police also rounded up three of his associates — Govinda Kumar Rokka (48) and Nagendra Thapa (30) of Baglung and Manajeet Gharti Magar (60) of Rukum — with 136 kg hashish ready for export to Goa via Birgunj customs point. Rokka and his men have been charged under the Narcotic Drug (Control and Punishment) Act.