by Chandra Shekhar Karki/Rajesh KC
Police detained at least 14 journalists who tried to defy the government ban order on gatherings and rallies from New Road area in Kathmandu Wednesday (April 5) afternoon. They were arrested from a protest rally organised by the Professional Alliance for Peace and Democracy Nepal (PAPAD).
Police intervened as the protestors moved forward from New Road to Indrachowk defying the ban orders.
Earlier, plainclothes security personnel arrested around 40 professionals including journalists, lawyers, professors and doctors during a peaceful demonstration at New Baneshwor, Kathmandu.
(Journalist Shiva Gaunle)
On Tuesday evening, local authorities in Kathmandu and Lalitpur issued prohibitory orders on all kinds of public meetings within the Ring Road area.
(Journalist Kanak Mani Dixit)
(Journalist Hemanta Kafle)
“Police intervened in our peaceful protest and we were arrested soon after our protest rally started at 7 this morning,” Balram Baniya, secretary of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists.
(Journalist Baburam Dhakal)
“The police baton charged the protestors injuring several of us. Journalist Gopal Thapaliya has been seriously injured and has been taken to Bir Hospital,” said Baniya.
(Journalist Ujir Magar)
All of them were released later.