Editor of the Malika Post daily, Arjun Prasad Bhattarai, was attacked by an unknown gang on 6 October in Kalikot at 5:45 pm. Kalikot district lies in Province 6 of Nepal.
In a conversation with Freedom Forum, Bhattarai said, “While I was returning home after meeting locals in the village, all of a sudden a group of people came to me obstructing my way and started debating with me. When I tried to resolve the discussion, the unknown gang attacked me. Although, I tried to escape but couldn’t, the attackers hit on my head and other parts of the body."
He received injury on head and had to get admitted in the Nepalgunj Medical College. He was discharged on October 8.
According to Bhattarai, he had never seen any person involved in the attack and is unable to know why he was attacked.
Afterwards, he had even lodged a complaint at the District Police Office, Kalikot, informing about the incident but nothing has been done related to this matter.
Freedom Forum vehemently condemns the attack on journalist. FF strongly urges the police to investigate into the case fairly. FF is investigating whether the incident was related to journalist Bhattarai's profession.