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Attackers on Journalist Budhathoki Remanded to Custody

Sankhuwasabha District Court, on September 15, 2011, remanded to custody the attackers on journalist Kishor Budhathoki- Bikas Rai and Rupak Rai.

According to Record Keeper at the District Court, Prakash Ghimire, both attackers Bikas and Rupak were remanded to custody for trial as per the General Code Court Management section 118 (2).

Sankhuwasabha-based reporter to the Annapurna Post and The Himalayan Times, Kishor Budhathoki, was attacked with sharp weapons by Bikas Rai of Khandbari (district headquarters) and his accomplice Rupak Rai at around 9 pm on August 11, 2011 leaving him seriously injured.

According to Ghimire, they could be slapped five to 15 years imprisonment if convicted. Ghimire said the court was collecting evidences.

Budhathoki had got bruises all over his body and his arm dislocated. He is still undergoing treatment at Biratnagar-based Nobel Medical College. His health is improving according to hospital source.

Freedom Forum lauds the court decision for further investigation into the incident so that the culprits would be meted out justice. Such initiative of the concerned authority undoubtedly helps to check growing impunity in the country.