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Five Year Jail Term to Attackers on Journalist Budhathoki

Attackers on Sankhuwasabha-based reporter with the Annapuranapost national daily, Kishor Budhathoki have been slapped five year jail term.

A single bench of judge Shalik Ram Koirala delivered the verdict on December 4, 2011 to imprison Bikas Rai and Rupak Rai for the murder attempt on journalist Budhathoki.

Journalist 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.

On September 15, 2011 they were remanded to custody for trial as per the General Code Court Management section 118 (2).

Freedom Forum lauds the court verdict as it has come as an initiative to help check growing impunity in the country.