Leaders & Professionals Arrested

The state has tried to crackdown the proposed general strike beginning tomorrow by arresting political leaders as well as leaders of various professional associations.

At least three dozens of political leaders have been arrested from their homes while 37 professionals including journalists, lawyers, teachers and doctors have been arrested from New Baneshwor.

The arrested professionals, including Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) president Bishnu Nisthuri, general secretary Mahendra Bista, secretary Balram Baniya, former president Harihar Birahi, South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) president Gopal Thapaliya, were arrested while trying to organize a peaceful protest rally. The government yesterday has issued a notice banning the public gathering in the core areas of the capital city.

The protest rally was organized by the Professional Alliance for Peace and Democracy Nepal (PAPAD). Bloggers Ujjwal Acharya, Deepak Adhikari and Tilak Pathak met the professionals at the police station in New Baneshwor.

Thapaliya is carrying shoulder injury. The professionals and police had a minor scuffle at Baneshwor where the professional gathered to begin the rally. Although police had told the journalists they were free to walk out, they hadn’t. They are demanding the release of all other professionals which the state had denied.

Other arrested professionals include president of Nepal Bar Association Shambhu Thapa, former doctors Kedar Narshingh KC, Madhu Ghimire and Mahesh Maskey. The PAPAD has planned rallies this evening protesting the arrests.

The District Administration Office, Kathmandu and District Administration Office, Lalitpur have issued separate special notices today prohibiting any activities that could disturb the law and order situation like gathering, procession and sit-in in the areas within the ring-road of Kathmandu Metropolis and Lalitpur Sub-Metropolis, with effect from April 5. The prohibition will remain effective until further notice.

National News Agency’s news item on yesterday’s prohibitory order:

The District Administration Office, Kathmandu and District Administration Office, Lalitpur have issued separate special notices today prohibiting any activities that could disturb the law and order situation like gathering, procession and sit-in in the areas within the ring-road of Kathmandu Metropolis and Lalitpur Sub-Metropolis, with effect from April 5. The prohibition will remain effective until further notice.

The prohibitory orders have been issued as per the Local Administration Act-2028 B.S. in view of the possibility of such meetings, processions and sit-in leading to hooliganism and thereby violating the law and order, creating obstructions to others and having an adverse impact on public health, it is stated.

In view of the increasing rate of terrorist and other untoward and anarchical acts taking place since the past few days in some parts of Kathmandu and Lalitpur, the subsequent feeling of insecurity and disorder in public life and statements by the terrorists calling for active support, cooperation and participation in the said programmes to be organized by the seven political parties from April 6 to 9, the step had to been taken as such activities, if not immediately checked, could cause damage to public life and property, it is stated in the notice.

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11 thoughts on “Leaders & Professionals Arrested”

  1. Can someone please put any light in this. I was very much under impression that the general strike or April revolution or civil disobidience or whatever you call it was going to start from 6th April for three days. I am just a bit confused about this ‘particular’ professional gathering in New Baneshwor. Are they supporting the SPA and the strike ? If so, then wasn’t it better for them to save themselves until the scheduled day, sure would have given some boost to the strike itself. Granted they are conducting their own protest regardless of SPA, then why oh why they have to do it right after the ban on general gathering was imposed ? Is it really important to make headlines by getting arrested ? It really gives that impression anyway. Though I know it is kinda insensitive of me to sit here and bitch about these things, but still ……

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  2. Good God, but this is the move of a VERY insecure government. I think our dear ‘King’ sees himself in the context of the country much the way Saddam Hussein sees himself in the context of his. When brought to court, Saddam laughs, reads poems, and says he’s still the President of Iraq. It hasn’t struck home, because of his ego, that he no longer has anything to do with his country.

    I think our dear ‘King’ is headed the same path. He thinks he is entitled to rule, no matter what. We’ll see what the coming days bring to us.

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  3. glade:
    first a major problem with the protest programs in general is that they are really ill cordinated. my guess is that these professionals just wanted to rally to show that their group (professionals) specifically is against the royal regime. if they protest with the parties they don’t get that attention. also i think most people guessed that the government was going to foil the protest program since Kamal Thapa has been raving about stopping the protest at any cost. So I guess they wanted to pull a fast one on the government.
    But this curfew will show how resourceful and creative our political leadership is – hence I don’t have much hope that this protest will be successful.

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  4. Exodus! Movement of the people! Fck the SPA, The Maoists and The King! We the Nepali people will ultimately triumph! Let’s always oppose what’s wrong and support what is right- in anyway we can. Like ol’ Bob said ‘none but ourselves can free our minds!’

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  5. GOOD AND GOOD, THESE LEADERS HAVE NO AMBITION,PUT THESE ALL SH!T LEADERS INTO COLD COSTODY,LET THEM KNOW THE KING’S FIERCE TASTE SO THAT ALL GENERAL NEPALESE WILL SURELY BE HAPPY TO SEE THESE LEADERS FACING THE PAST KAMMA.

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  6. oh NO:
    That’s a double edged wish. Along with the political leaders all the people will have to suffer too if the King is allowed to excercise this fierce taste.

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