Nepal PM regrets police manhandling of scribes

Published on May 09, 2004 08:14 PM IST

Nepal's PM regretted police manhandling of journalists covering protests in Kathmandu, saying it was due to problems distinguishing scribes from agitators.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Kathmandu

Nepal's Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa today regretted the police manhandling of journalists covering the pro-democracy protests in Kathmandu, saying it was probably due to problems in distinguishing between scribes and agitators.

In a statement, the Prime Minister said he has regretted after seeing media reports that journalists were manhandled by the security personnel during the pro-democracy agitations in the capital recently.

"The sad incident might have occurred because it may be difficult for the security people to distinguish between reporters and agitators," he said and urged all sides to observe restraint.

The Prime Minister's statement came in the wake of the journalists' threat to agitate if he does not apologise for the police intervention.

To show protest against the police atrocities, journalists here yesterday went to the work wearing black bands.

Police detained some 200 journalists during the pro-democracy protests and also allegedly manhandled some of them. Most of those detained were released in the past three days after demonstrations by scribes.

The Federation of Nepalese Journalists in a statement today threatened to go for a stir if Prime Minister does not apologise for the incidents.

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