Federal Alliance accuses govt of crackdown on protesters

KATHMANDU: The Federal Alliance on Monday accused the government of having a crackdown on its cadres who were taking part in the Kathmandu-centric protests which began on Sunday.

Issuing a press statement today, the FA spokesperson Parashu Ram Tamang said police personnel stopped "thousands of leaders and cadres" heading to join the movement for seven to eight hours at midways, interrogated them with unnecessary questions, seized flags and banners and frisked them unnecessarily.

The statement added that the police activities violated their basic right to movement.

"If any untoward incident takes place while suppressing our peaceful and nonviolent protests," the Alliance warned, "We would like to inform that this racist government will be held responsible."

Meanwhile, the Alliance continued the Singha Darbar gherao programme for the second consecutive day.

About 500 demonstrators gathered outside Singha Darbar, chanting anti-government slogans and attempting to push through a police barricade.

Riot police using batons and demonstrators with sticks briefly clashed, but no serious injuries were reported on either side.

The Alliance, however, said three protesters were injured and they are undergoing treatment at the National Trauma Centre.

(With inputs from the Associated Press and the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)