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Copies of "Bypass" daily set on fire; flood victims vandalise Kantipur publications vehicle, seize newspaper copies

(FNJ/IFEX) - On 21 January 2009, supporters of the Madheshi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) set fire to copies of "Bypass" daily, published in Birgunj. The incident occurred in the town of Ghantaghar Chowk, in Birgunj. The newspaper was accused of publishing false news about the party. The daily was torched by Rekadevi and Biraj Yadav, leaders of the party's youth wing.

In a separate development, a group identifying itself as victims of the Koshi Flood vandalised a vehicle belonging to Kantipur publications. The incident occurred on 21 February at Haripur, Sunsari. The group seized copies of the "Kantipur" and "Kathmandu Post" newspapers and distributed them among the flood victims. They accused Kantipur publications of not reporting on their struggle.

According to the driver of the vehicle, who is named Moktan, he tried to assure the flood victims that Kantipur publications had reported on their case by showing them the story in the newspaper. Nevertheless, the group attacked the vehicle and assaulted the driver and Kishor Giri, another staff member who was in the vehicle.

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