Government flouts appellate court order

Lahan, February 13:

Despite the Rajbiraj Appellate Court order yesterday to the local authorities to present the 25 agitators of the seven political parties who were arrested in Siraha on Friday before the court within 24 hours, the government is yet to act on the order till date.

The Joint People’s Movement Coordination Committee, Siraha, has condemned the delay, accusing the local administration of not respecting the court order.

CPN-UML zonal member Dharma Nath Shah, district secretary Ram Chandra Yadav, under secretary Lila Nath Shrestha and NC Siraha secretary Jibchha Gupta, were all arrested on February 1 in Siraha. They are being held at the District Police Office, Siraha. Similarly, 19 other demonstrators are being held at the Siraha district prison.

All of the arrested persons have been alleged of trying to disrupt the civic polls.

Advocate Balram Prasad Gupta had filed a habeas corpus petition on the behalf of the arrested persons at the Appellate Court, Rajbiraj, on Friday. Although the chief judge of the court, Baidhnath Prasad Upadhyaya, issued orders to the Chief District Officer, the District Administration Office and the Siraha jail to present all prisoners before the court within 24 hours, the local administration has failed to produce the detainees. The local administration had received the court order at 10:20 am yesterday.

The Joint People’s Movement Committee, Lahan, has called for Lahan bandh tomorrow to protest the flouting of the court order.

Detainees demand proper facilities

Nuwakot: Leaders and cadres of political parties, arrested and detained, today chanted slogans against the local administration demanding good food and better living conditions in the jail.

Most of the detained persons complained of being given low quality food, cold rooms and lack of proper and timely medical facilities.

“All the detainees have been affected by the cold and 10 of us are in critical condition,” Upendra Bahadur Ojha of the Nepali Congress (Democratic) told The Himalayan Times.

“The administration has turned a deaf ear towards our demand. I have a wound in my genital and it pains unbearably due to the cold, he said. Raju Thapa of the Nepali Congress said he suffered from the dysentery due to the cold, “I was taken to the hospital earlier, but now a junior health worker visits me but he has not been able to treat my ailment. It’s very painful,” he said. — HNS