Outfit cadres torch van ferrying Post, Kantipur copies in Kavre


An unidentified group took a van belonging to the Kantipur Publications under control and set it on fire at Dhulikhel VDC-1 in the district on Saturday morning. The vehicle (Ba 9 Cha 6658) was damaged completely while the group torched 2,500 copies of The Kathmandu Post and its sister publication Kantipur daily laden in the van.

“Five men stopped the vehicle ferrying the newspapers to Kavre and asked for a lift,” said driver Lila Bahadur Thapa. “After a while, they seized my mobile phone and a SIM card, saying that the vehicle was under their control.” He added that the young men, along with four others riding motorcycles, identifying themselves as the cadres of a lesser-known Nepal Communist Party Maoist (Revolutionary), sprinkled kerosene on the vehicle and torched it after letting him out.

After the incident, said Thapa, the vandals fled on motorcycles towards Dhulikhel, handing him a statement signed by Rajesh Adhikari, claimed to be the battalion commander of the Eastern Formation No 2 of the party. The statement alleges that big media houses have disseminated false information about their party, by terming several of its earlier protest moves as criminal activities. After the incident, Deputy Superintendent of Police Krishnaji Adhikari and Kishor Basnet of the Kantipur circulation department reached the site to take stock of the situation.

Chief District Officer Rishiram Dhakal and Bagmati Zonal Police Chief Ramesh Kharel ordered the police to search for the vandals.

Various journalists’ organisations, including the Kavre chapter of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Nepal Press Union and the Press Chautari, condemned the incident, demanded action against the guilty and compensation for the loss.

Posted on: 2013-04-14 03:00