On the nationwide banda (general shutdown) imposed by the opposition alliance of 30 political parties on April 7, three journalists were attacked by the security persons while they were reporting on the demonstrations in Bhojpur, an eastern hilly district of Nepal.
District reporter for the Gorkhapatra daily, Arjun Basnet, said, "I, reporter to the Image Television,
Rajan Rai, and another journalist in the district, Shahi Man Rai, were photographing and recording the demonstration, but the police suddenly baton-charged us though we were sporting our press cards and saying we were journalists."
According to him, he got slight injury in leg while Rajan Rai had deep injury on his back.
Freedom Forum condemns the attack, and strongly urges the security persons to maintain restraint and respect journalists' rights to free reporting.