While arresting the three ministers of the autocratic royal regime, the government also suspends the chiefs of three (not the army though) security bodies.
Finally three ministers Kamal Thapa, Ramesh Nath Pandey and Shris Shumshere Rana have been arrested. The Kathmandu District Administration Office issued the arrest warrant against them following a directive from the Home Ministry. People are aware of the today’s government decision to arrest three former ministers in the royal regime are saying: Oh..now I feel that we have democracy and rule of law in Nepal. But many other are still skeptical about the move. Will these ministers, who committed serious crimes by playing instrumental role in repressing last month’s historical movement, be punished? And how about their ultimate boss? These people feel that the government was already late in arresting them just like it is lagging behind in taking some other decisions that will be helpful in establishing complete democracy in Nepal.
Here is more from eKantipur:
All three have been handed a 30-day arrest warrant. They have been charged of making “statements aimed at disturbing the public peace.” They are being kept at the National Police Academy at Maharajgunj. A police team from the Police Headquarters arrested the former ministers from their residences this afternoon. Thapa and Pandey were the Home and Foreign Ministers in the royal-appointed government while Rana was the State Minister for Information and Communications and government spokesperson.
Meanwhile, the government has suspended the chiefs of three security bodies.
Inspector General of Police Shyam Bhakta Thapa, Inspector General of Armed Police Force Sahabir Thapa and chief of the National Investigation Department Devi Ram Sharma have been suspended from their posts. [The recently formed all powerful judicial probe commission had recommended the government to suspend the army cheif as well.]
An emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers that took place at the Prime Minister’s residence at Baluwatar this evening took the decision following a recommendation by the Judicial Commission formed to probe the atrocities against the recent pro-democracy demonstrations to suspend all the four security chiefs.