Monday, December 19, 2005

Pro-Maoist student leader re-arrested from the court

Kathmandu Dec 19-Police have re-arrested former general secretary of pro-Maoist student organization, ANNFSU (Revolutionary) from the Supreme Court premises on Monday immediately after the court’s verdict for his release.

In response to a habeas corpus writ petition filed by Sharma’s family members, a division bench comprising Justices Kedar Prasad Giri and Tapa Bahadur Magar ordered immediate release of Sharma.

Police, however, intervened as Sharma was leaving the apex court premises along with his family members in a taxi. There was a scuffle between police and rights activists as the latter tried to prevent re-arrest of Sharma.

The authorities have not said anything about the reason for Sharma’s re-arrest. Sharma’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Sharma, who was arrested from Asan, Kathmandu, two-and-half-year ago, had been detained incommunicado until March this year when the government disclosed his whereabouts.But now,The government had charged Sharma with the murder of a student, Deepak Lama, and of involvement in terrorist activities.

He was brought to Kathmandu from Gorkha two weeks earlier.

Acting on a case filed by the government accusing him of involving in ‘terrorist’ activities including in an explosion at a police post in Kathmandu, the Special Court had on Sunday allowed the authorities to detain him for additional 25 days.

The government has charged Sharma of being involved in an attack at a police station in Kathmandu.

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