KATHMANDU, DEC 11 - Padam Kunwar, notorious as the man who slapped UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, was released from jail on Tuesday. Dahal himself paid Kunwar’s Rs 28,000 bail to the Kathmandu District Administration Office (DAO).
After Dahal posted the bail, the DAO handed Kunwar over to his brother-in-law Bhim Bharati. Though Bharati had reached the DAO to pay bail with funds collected from well-wishers in the country and abroad, he was restricted from meeting the chief district officer. Bharati, expressing dissatisfaction over Dahal’s gesture, said that it wasn’t necessary for the Maoist chairman to bail out the former PLA combatant. “I don’t understand what Dahal is trying to prove here. We had already collected enough money for his bail. It was unnecessary for Dahal to step in at the last moment,” said Bharati.
As the news that Kunwar was running short of bail money filtered through, his well-wishers across the world came forward, chipping in a total of Rs 144,000 so far. Out of this donation, Kunwar will pay back some of the amount he collected from his friends for bail, said Bharati. “He will use the remaining amount for his treatment and also for his mother who is undergoing treatment for a mental illness.”
However, Bharati said that Kunwar would file a case against those UCPN (Maoist) cadres who thrashed him after he had slapped Dahal. “Police have to take action against the cadres who mercilessly beat him [Kunwar]. They too should be taken into custody,” said Bharati.
Kunwar had slapped Dahal during the party’s annual tea reception at Bhrikutimandap in the Capital on November 16. He was then beaten black and blue by party cadres until police took control of the situation.
Posted on: 2012-12-12 08:36