THT journalist seeks security

Dharan, March 24:

Kishor Budhathoki, Sankhu-wasabha correspondent of The Himalayan Times, has urged the Biratnagar regional office of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to take initiatives to safeguard his life from the Maoists.

Budhathoki has been displaced from Sankhuwasabha after threats from Maoists’ district member and FNJ district treasurer Kuber Prasad Bhetwal to his life. Bhetwal issued death threats to Budhathoki on March 19 while the latter was on his way to the District Police Office to collect a news about the bullet injuries sustained by seven Maoist cadres.

Urging the NHRC to take initiatives to make environment conducive for his return to the district, Budhathoki also demanded action against the guilty.

He also demanded the district police office and the local administration in Sankhuwasabha to guarantee his security.

Meanwhile, the Sankhuwasabha chapter of Press Chautari Nepal demanded action against the guilty and security of the threatened journalist.