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Press Hit Hard by Banda

During the banda called by Unified CPN (Maoist)'s youth wing Young Communist League (YCL) on June 15, journalists became the main target in Nepal.

Maoist activists, who have launched pre-meditated attacks on Kantipur Publications time and again, vandalised a staff van (Ba Cha 2435) in Kathmandu. The vehicle was heading for Dhumbarahi from the Kantipur Complex at Subidha Nagar.

About 20 Maoist cadres took control of the vehicle and attempted to set it on fire, but police intervened. The driver managed to escape, but the staff on board were roughed up on the charge that Kantipur daily had carried an anti-Maoist news on the front page in its Monday edition.

Also, Maoist workers tried to intimidate landlords in different locations of Kathmandu Valley and ordered them to remove bill boards of the Publications within 24 hours. The landlords said they were warned of severe consequences if the boards were not dismantled.

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