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Court Ruling to remand Journo Attackers to Custody, arrest warrant against Basnet

Freedom Forum welcomes the seven-day arrest warrant issued against Parshuram Basnet, district vice-chairman of Youth Force on July 6, 2011. The warrant was issued in connection with his involvement in the attack on Biratnagar-based journalist Khilanath Dhakal on June 5. Basnet is the prime accused of the attack.

A single bench of judge Meghnath Bhattarai of District Court, Morang, issued the warrant against Basnet and ordered 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 help arrest him now.