Clamour to release Prapannacharya

NAWALPARASI : Supporters and well-wishers of Kishna Prapannacharya on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the district administration office, seeking his release. Kishna Prapannacharya is the coordinator of the Gajendramokshyadham Tribeni-Palpa Road. Heir to Swami Kamalanayancharya, Prapannacharya was arrested by Chitwan National Park authorities on the charge of deforestation yesterday evening. Chief District Officer Hari Prasad Mainali was handed over the memorandum today. “He was heading to Tribeni when the park warden and NA personnel picked him up from Beltari bridge,” said Gajendramokshya Janata Road Secretary Chiranjivi Dhungana, who warned he would bring the entire district to a grinding halt unless Prapannacharya was released. Irked by the arrest, Prapannacharya’s supporters padlocked the office of Tribeni Buffer Zone Community Forest and the national park’s Tribeni post  today morning. Miking at Tribeni Jar, Rani Nagar, Kudiya, Belatari and Semari bazaar, they called on the traders to shut their shops as well. Chief District Officer Mainali, on his part, pledged to convey the demand of the agitators to the higher authorities.

Marijuana seized

HETAUDA: Police arrested a youth with four kg marijuana at Hetauda Municipality in Makawanpur on Wednesday. He was smuggling the contraband along East-West Highway road section of Manahari, Hetauda.  A police team led by ASI Ram Babu Yadav arrested Dorjee Bamjan, 17, of Gadhi, Makawanpur. The smuggler was held while he was heading towards Hetauda from Manahari in a hired jeep. Inspector Brijakishwor Yadav of District Police Office, Makawanpur, said the police team arrested Bamjan and seized the contraband during security check. The case is being probed, he said.

Indian held with arms

BIRGUNJ:  Parsa Police on Wednesday arrested an Indian with illegal weapons and bullets from Pratima Chowk of Birgunj in Parsa. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Jhotil Paswan of Bihar, India. Police seized two pistols, nine rounds of bullets and two magazines from him. Police said that Paswan was kept in district police office and further investigation into the case was under way. Paswan and the seized weapons were made public at the DPO.