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PM angry over arrests of journo murder accused

KATHMANDU, JAN 08 - Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has vented his ire over the arrests of those accused in the 2004 murder of journalist Dekendra Thapa in Dailekh.

He condemned the arrests of the accused—five Maoist cadres—eight years after the murder of journalist Thapa, saying it was part of the plot to derail the peace process by reviving the cases that occurred during the conflict period. He said the human rights activists provoked the police to make the arrests.

PM Bhattarai said so while launching a book on Rajendra Dhakal, who was disappeared at the hands of state security personnel during the Maoist insurgency. He made it clear that the government has not given its support to the arrests.

Regarding the arrest of Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama by UK police, Prime Minister Bhattarai claimed that the government could not take ahead the procedure to action against the perpetrators of human rights violations due to the president's refusal to endorse the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Disappearance.

On Friday, Dailekh Police had arrested five persons on suspicion of their involvement in the abduction and subsequent murder of journalist Dekendra Thapa in 2004. One of the suspects has admitted to burying journalist Thapa alive after he was beaten senseless in Dwari VDC of the district.


Posted on: 2013-01-08 08:16