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Two journalists assaulted by police in Chitwan

(FNJ/IFEX) - Suresh Chandra Adhikary, FNJ member and chief editor of "Chure Sandesh" weekly, and Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, FNJ central area representative and managing director of "Kayakairan National Daily", were attacked by police personnel on 16 July 2007 at Bypass Road in Chitwan, a central district of Nepal.

Police beat the two journalists while they were covering a police action. The journalists had reached the site where locals were trying to construct a road through the grounds of the Mahendra Adarsha Hospital. The police used force on the crowd when some of its members tried to break down the walls surrounding the hospital. In the process, they also attacked the journalists. When Adhikary and Thapaliya flashed their identity cards, the police said that they had orders from the Chief District Officer (CDO) to beat them. During the attack, Thapaliya received wounds to his leg requiring five stitches, while Adhikary received wounds to his back.

A team from FNJ's Chitwan chapter submitted a five-point ultimatum to the CDO on 17 June, demanding strict action against the guilty. The CDO has assured the team that he will soon investigate the incident and take action against those involved in the attack.

The FNJ has condemned the action and asked the CDO to fulfil his promise to ensure that the guilty are punished and that such incidents are not repeated in the future.

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