Free Feb 3 detainees: NTA, GEFONT

Kathmandu, February 5:

The Nepal Teachers Association (NTA) today condemned the handing over of the 90-day arrest warrant notice to all the detainees who were arrested on February 3 while protesting against autocracy. The protest programme had been organised by the Nepal University Teachers’ Association (NUTA).

NUTA president Prof Dr Bhupati Dhakal ‘Kamal’, former vice-chancellor Nabin Prakash Jung Shah, NUTA general secretary Rameshwor Upadhaya, secretary Ram Prasad Adhikary, former general secretary Prakash Singh Pradhan, Saubhagya Jung Karki, chairman of the Nepal Medical Association Dr Sudha Sharma, president of the Nepal Engineers’ Association Saroj Devkota and president of the Nepal Teachers’ Union Keshab Prasad Bhattarai along with other detainees were handed over the 90-day arrest warrant notice.

NTA demanded immediate and unconditional release of all detainees. It also demanded that the government withdraw its decision to put ballot boxes in schools and urged schools be declared as zones of peace.

General Federation of Nepal Trade Unions (GEFONT) also flayed the arrest of teachers, lawyers, writers and medical doctors.