Police arrest 25 human rights activists

Kathmandu, July 16

Police today arrested 25 human rights activists who were staging protest in front of the Parliament building at Baneshwor.

Those arrested include Human Rights and Peace Society Nepal Founder Chairperson Krishna Pahadi, Chair Gangadhar Adhikari and adviser Hem Kanta Ghaulagain.

Around 60 rights activists had assembled at Baneshwor to protest the government’s decision to ban protest at Maitighar Mandala and some other key places in Kathmandu.

They also demanded that the government address the demands of Dr Govinda KC, who is now onthe 17th day of hunger strike in Jumla.

The activists were released after being detained at Metropolitan Police Circle, Tinkune, for a couple of hours.

Police had arrested the protestors saying they had staged demonstration in a prohibited zone.

HURPES member have been protesting for the past six days in front of major government office areas such as Singha Durbar, Baluwatar and outside Parliament building at Baneshwor.

“Our protest has not ended, we will keep protesting until the government realises its mistake and upholds the right to freedom of expression,” HURPES Chair Adhikari said.