RAJBIRAJ,Nov 29: Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Gajendrabadi) has strongly denounced and opposed Saptari's Superintendent of Police (SP), Dibesh Lohani's manhandling of journalists assigned to cover the news of Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev at the Chinnamasta Bhagawati temple on Saturday.
Party's central Chairman, Bikash Kumar Tiwari, issued a statement on Monday hailing the 'important contribution' of the journalists based in Madhes in establishment of democracy, republican setup and federalism in Nepal. The party expressed regret over the behaviour shown by SP Lohani and has demanded his immediate transfer.
A day earlier, a team of journalists led by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) – Saptari Chapter Acting President, Shrawan Kumar Dev, had submitted a memorandum to Chief District Officer, Bal Dev Gautam, calling on the Home Ministry to transfer SP Lohani from Saptari within the next 48 hours. The journalists have warned of stringent protests if their demands are not addressed.
SP Lohani, who was transferred to Saptari district on Friday, had allowed Indian journalists to enter the Bhagawati temple, where Indian Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev Baba was performing worship rituals. The SP had prevented Nepali journalists from entering the temple and misbehaved, manhandled and beat up half a dozen journalists. RSS