HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A group vandalised the office of Naya Patrika in Kamalpokhari this morning and misbehaved with the daily’s journalists.
According to police, the motorcycle-borne gang led by Nepal Student Union’s Pashupati Multiple Campus chapter Vice-president Rajan Shrestha and secretary Raj Kumar Sigdel stormed into the office at around 10 am, vandalised the editor’s chamber, accounts section and the reception room before fleeing. Desktop computers, telephone sets, windowpanes and furniture were damaged in the attack.
In a press statement, the Federation of Nepali Journalists’ Naya Patrika chapter said the band attacked the office over a report about fight between two factions of the student union that appeared in today’s edition of the daily.
NSU activist Bibek Karmacharya (21) had attacked another activist Raju Chhetri (28) in Bhatkekopul on Friday night following a dispute related to money, police said. NSU activist Chhetri has suffered knife injuries in the neck and is undergoing treatment in Om Hospital, Chabahil.
“We strongly condemn the criminal act. This is the latest incident in a string of attacks on journalists and media houses. We appeal to the government to bring the guilty to book,” the FNJ chapter said.
FNJ’s THT chapter has also flayed the attack and sought action against the attackers.
FNJ President Shiva Gaule, Kathmandu police chief SP Kedar Rijal and other government authorities had visited the office of the daily to take stock of the
Gaule condemned the incident and described it as an attack on the free press and freedom of expression. He urged the government to take stern action against the culprits and ensure security to journalists and media houses. In a statement, the Advertising Association of Nepal has also flayed the attack and sought strong action against the guilty.
Press Chautari Nepal and Reporters’ Club Nepal have appealed to the government not to spare the attackers.
Main accused held
KATHMANDU: One hour after the attack, police arrested two of the eight attackers — NSU’s Rajan Shrestha and Raj Kumar Sigdel — from Chabahil. Kathmandu police Chief SP Rijal said the two were the main accused and pledged strong action against them. “We have identified their associates and started a search for them,” Rijal said.