Freedom Forum stringer for Province-1 Bikram Niraula reported that Ilam based Chiyabari FM technicians Krishna Pathak and Prakash Neupane were attacked on March 7 by an unknown gang.
Quoting FM station manager Prem Adhikari, stringer Niraula stated that the technicians were attacked while they were returning home from Radio station at 9 pm, however, the reason for the attack is not known yet.
Technician Krishna Pathak is seriously injured and is undergoing treatment at Birta City Hospital, Birtamod. According to stringer Niraula, one of the attackers has been identified. A complaint has been lodged at District Police Office Ilam. Other attackers are being searched.
Police have arrested three attackers on March 8 who were involved in attacking and looting the media persons.
Rabin Magar,19, of Ilam municipality 6, Manoj Magar, 22, and Kishor Limbu,18, from the same locality were arrested in connection with the incident. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ramesh Basnet, they were arrested from a forest nearby while they trying to escape the police. One of the attackers successful to escape arrest is being searched.
As per Chiyabari station manager Prem Adhikari, the group also robbed Rs 45,000 and a mobile set of the media persons.
Freedom Forum condemns the attack against the media persons and strongly urges the concerned authority to take action against the perpetrators and take the matter seriously.
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