Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Gagan Thapa sent to seven-day custody

Kathmandu july 27-The Special Court Wednesday gave permission to the police to detain student leader Gagan Thapa, who was arrested this morning in Kathmandu, for seven days until the case against is brought up against him under the Offence Against the State Act.
A bench of Justices Govinda Prasad Parajuli, Rana Bahadur Bam, and Bhup Dhoj Adhikari passed the order.
Police authorities had presented Thapa, a key leader of the Nepali Congress-affiliated Nepal Students Union (NSU) before the Special Court bench. Police also produced the tape of Thapa’s speech in a program a few days earlier in which he allegedly spoke against the institution of monarchy.
Talking to reporters at the Special Court premises, Thapa said, “These developments are indications that the autocratic system in place is rupturing from inside.”
“I call upon all the youths of the country to rise up against the autocratic system in a decisive way,” the firebrand leader said while being flanked towards the police vehicle after the court ruling.
Thapa was arrested by plainclothes policemen from Maitidevi this morning while returning after meeting student leaders detained at Amam Nagar Police Post

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