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Police arrest four journalists from Kathmandu

world Updated: Feb 04, 2009 13:20 IST

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In continuing confrontation with the scribes, Nepalese police have arrested four journalists including Reporters' Club president Rishi Dhamala, provoking angry protests from media bodies.

Dhamala 35 was arrested on Tuesday, and three other Terai based journalists Subhak Mahato, Manoj Mahato and Birendra KM were arrested two days ago, according to journalist sources.

The Nepal police will hold a press conference where they claim to give full evidence against Dhamala.

The Federation of Nepalese Journalist (FNJ) has issued a statement asking the government to make public the reason behind their arrest and immediately release them.

The police also conducted raid at the room of journalist Mahato, according to sources.

The police suspect them of having links with Ranbir Sena, a pro-Hindi royalist group that has been involved in a number of explosions in Kathmandu recently. The group had also exploded bombs in front of the International Convention Centre six months ago when the crucial voting was taking place to abolish monarchy.