Nepal Maoist supporters disrupted the functioning of a major media house in the Himalayan nation over alleged "mistreatment" of its cadres.
Trade union activists affiliated to the Maoists locked up the office of the Asia Pacific Communication Associates (APCA), which has Indian investments, accusing the management of "mistreating" and dismissing four of their cadres from the job.
The APCA publishes the English daily The Himalayan Times and Nepali daily Annapurna Post.
A group of Maoist workers entered the newsroom of the publication situated at Anam Nagar on Friday and disrupted the editorial work. The police had to intervene to unlock the office.
The Maoists also gave an ultimatum to the publication house and demanded the reinstatement of the "dismissed workers".
The publication contacted Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai to sort out the problem. The trade union activists withdrew their action on the intervention of Bhattarai, who called it an "unfortunate incident".
The publication, however, denied the accusation that they had removed the staff from the job.