District court frees lawmaker Gurung on general date

Kathmandu, October 20

Kathmandu District Court has released Lawmaker Parvat Gurung on general date today.

Gurung, a lawmaker of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), from Dolakha district has been facing an attempt to murder charge. Judge Pundeshwor Prasad Upadhaye issued the order to release him on general date.

Birdhoj Khadka, a former Maoist cadre, had filed an FIR accusing Gurung of attempting to kill him in Kathmandu, two years ago, during local election campaign. Kathmandu District Court had issued an arrest warrant against the lawmaker on September 25, following a complaint by Khadka.

During the local election campaign two years ago, Kul Bahadur Tamang, a cadre of erstwhile CPN-UML, was killed in a clash between cadres of the erstwhile UML and CPN-Maoist Centre.

A murder case was filed against 40 local leaders and cadres, including UML leader Devi Khadka and CPN-MC leader Ganga Karki. Birdhoj Khadka, one of the accused in the murder, was brutally beaten up allegedly by UML cadres in Gaushala, Kathmandu. Following the attack Khadka filed an FIR at Metropolitan Police Range, Teku, accusing Gurung of masterminding the attack.