HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BHAKTAPUR: The Nepali Congress today condemned police suppression of protests in Bhaktapur and demanded that the government strictly uphold people’s right to organise peaceful demonstrations. “Scores of people have been injured when police baton-charged on demonstrators who were protesting peacefully in Sallaghari of Bhaktapur,” said a statement issued by NC.
As many as six Nepali Congress activists were injured when a clash erupted between them and police personnel at Sallaghari of Bhaktapur. The clash flared up when activists from the opposition parties, including the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, tried to prevent the Unified CPN-Maoist activists from entering Bhaktapur where ruling Maoists’ were organising their district conference. “Congress Bhaktapur district members Roshan Kumar Paudel and Bhola Prasad Kuinkel, general convention representatives Durlabh Thapa and Purna Nepali were among others who were seriously injured in police action.” The injured are undergoing treatment in Bhaktapur Hospital. NC accused the government of violating human rights by misusing power and protecting criminals and said the Baburam Bhattarai-led administration was pushing the country towards uncertainty and crisis. It warned the government against repeating such actions and urged it to make arrangements for the treatment of injured.
In the wake of protests from opposition parties in Sallaghari, police had escorted UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister Bhattarai and other leaders to the programme venue in Taumadhi via an alternative road.