Actor Manisha Koirala condemns police brutality against those observing Prithvi Jayanti this afternoon (with photos)

Published On: January 11, 2021 05:32 PM NPT By: Monika Malla

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Actor Manisha Koirala condemned the police brutality against those who were observing Prithvi Jayanti or the birth anniversary of late King Prithvi Narayan Shah in the capital on Monday.

"The government's act on the day of Prithvi Jayanti is deplorable. Why can't people observe Prithvi Jayanti to pay homage to the founder of the country as the government, political party leaders are holding big gatherings? Today's act [police intervention during a march organized to mark Prithvi Jayanti] by the government suggests that the government is treading the path of totalitarianism by undermining the people's fundamental rights to hold peaceful assemblies," Koirala tweeted after police baton-charged those who were taking part in the march organized to mark Prithvi Jayanti.

When the march was advancing toward the statue of late Shah in front of the central administrative secretariat Singha Durbar, the police intervened and arrested some of them. Police also baton-charged some people during the march.

Prithvi Jayanti observed

Meanwhile, various programs were organized across the country on Monday to mark the 299th birth anniversary of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the father of modern Nepal.

A committee formed to celebrate the birth anniversary of late Shah organized a march in the capital.

Various personalities including actor Manisha Koirala, former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Nepal Police, Ramesh Kharel, and activist Bharat Basnet were among those who joined the march. The march was participated by hundreds of people.

An assembly was held at Ratnapark in the capital at 10 am today to celebrate the birth anniversary of Shah.

Prithvi Jayanti or the birth anniversary of Shah is observed every year on Poush 27 as per the Nepali calendar in honor of late Shah. He is credited for the country's unification.

Prithvi Narayan was the King of Gorkha when he began the national unification campaign in September 1745. After conquering Nuwakot, he annexed many other small principalities to his kingdom.

Actor Manisha Koirala joins the march organized to mark the Prithvi Jayanti in the capital on Monday. 

According to the Nepali calendar, Prithivi Narayan Shah was born on 27th Poush, 1779 BS (11 January, 1723 AD) in Gorkha district and was credited for unifying various small principalities to build modern Nepal.  

Leave A Comment