34 Human Rights activists detained for staging sit-in at Baluwatar

KATHMANDU: Thirty-four Human Rights activists have been detained for staging a sit-in at Baluwatar, in front of the Prime Minister's official residence, on Sunday.

The group staged protests at Baluwatar to alarm the government to not dismiss the Tikapur Carnage case as well as the case of CPN Maoist Centre leader Balkrishna Dhungel, without due legal process. They also demanded that the government must approve the Roman Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The protesters were held on charges of gathering around a prohibited zone. Those arrested have been kept at Nepal Police Club in Bhrikutimandap, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohan Babu Thapa.

Noted rights activist Krishna Pahadi, among others, was taken into custody by the police.

'Reports' of the newly formed government possibly dropping charges on Tikapur carnage alleged conspirator and Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal MP Resham Chaudhary and on Maoist Centre leader Dhungel have been doing rounds of late.