Saturday, January 28, 2006

3-month arrest letters to 250

Kathmandu, Jan 28 - About 250 leaders and cadres of the agitating political parties and their student wings, most of whom were arrested by police during anti-government demonstrations in their respective districts Thursday, were handed three-month detention letters Friday by the authorities on the charge of "disrupting peace and security" in the country kanthmandu post reports.

In Rajbiraj, authorities handed three-month detention letters to some 100 political party leaders and cadres, arrested by police in the last three days. CPN-UML's zonal committee secretary Sumanraj Pyakurel, district secretary Diwakar Devkota and Nepali Congress (NC) district chairman Rajkumar Chaudhary are among those handed the letters.

In Biratnagar, 38 of those arrested Wednesday and Thursday, most of them from their own houses, have been handed similar letters. According to Democratic National Youth Association, a youth wing of the CPN-UML, 35 of the detainees have been crammed inside a tiny room at the police office in Rani, and are being subjected to inhumane treatment.

In Ilam, more than two dozen demonstrators held on Thursday were served three-month detention letters. They are being held at the police office at district headquarters. Nepali Congress chairman Himalaya Karmacharya and NSU district chairman Taradaju Phago are among those detained.

Likewise, the authorities also served three-month detention letters on 33 political leaders
and cadres in Inaruwa, 11 in Tanahu, four in Siraha and 27 in Pokhara.

Meanwhile, in Janakpur two student leaders who were arrested Thursday were handed one-month detention letters.

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