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Freedom Forum Hails Court Ruling to remand Journo Attackers to Custody

Freedom Forum welcomes the court decision to remand into custody the attackers of Biratnagar-based journalist Khilanath Dhakal, on July 6, 2011.


A single bench of judge Meghnath Bhattarai of District Court, Morang, issued an order to remand to custody both the culprits- Youth Force Biratnagar In-charge, Rohit Koirala and Member Manoj Rai for further investigation as the mastermind behind the attack Parshuram Basnet is still absconding.


After deliberating for four days judge Bhattarai issued the order on July 6.


The court ruling came at a time the government has been proved almost irresponsible to nab the prime accused Basnet. He is given political protection, it is crystal clear.


Journalist Dhakal was attacked brutally on June 5, almost a month back, over the news he wrote about Basnet gang's attack on police team and prisoner on the premises of the Morang District Court.


The Office of the District Attorney, Morang, on June 30, had filed a case against Youth Force Morang In-Charge, Parshuram Basnet and two of his accomplices at the District Court in connection with the murderous attack.

Rohit and Manoj were presented at the Morang District Court by police when the case (registration no 1720) was filed.

It is sheer mockery of the administration to fail arresting the mastermind of the murderous attack for such a long time since the attack. Freedom Forum abhors government's double standard, as it is promising to nab Basent and giving him political protection at the same time. So, Freedom Forum reiterates its demand with the government to immediately nab Basnet and punish him as per the law.