KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Police have arrested 31 people including members of Bibeksheel Nepali Party from Kalanki at 3 pm on Saturday.
The cadres of Bibeksheel Nepali Party were arrested while they were approaching the residence of Tirtha Khaniya, Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University to exert pressure to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC.
They are now in the custody of Metropolitan Police Circle, Kalimati.
“Police have arrested us saying that they have order to do so from above,” Milan Pandey, a leader of the Bibeksheel Nepali Party, quoted a senior superintendent of police as saying.
He said that they will not leave the custody until the police provide them proper reason behind their arrest.
Earlier today, the government had formed a two-member committee comprising Health Secretary Senendra Raj Upreti and Education Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha to hold talks with Dr KC.
The government team met with Dr KC and told him that the government was serious and committed to address his demands.
Dr KC, a senior professor at the Institute of Medicine (IoM), is on a prolonged hunger strike since last 14 days putting forth six-point demands including appointment of dean at IoM on the basis of seniority.