ATTACKERS BREAK ARM OF NEWSPAPER DISTRIBUTOR

Vehicle vandalized
 
Vehicle of Kantipur Publications and around 30,000 copies of Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post dailies and Saptahik weekly were burnt down by the cadres of Akhil Terai Mukti Morch (ATMM) at around 6 am on 7 March at Babhangamakatti 5, Saptari, an eastern region of Nepal .
 
According to Sanjaya Santoshi Rai, vice president of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), vehicle moving to Saptari district was stopped by cadres of ATMM and the copies of newspapers and vehicle were destroyed in the fire. Driver Chandra Katawal sustained minor injuries while newspaper distributor Gangaram Bhandari's right arm was fractured in the incident. ATMM's saptari commander Bikas later take the responsibility through telephone and said that the vehicle was attacked as the paper did not give news priority to the group's activity.
 
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the incident and urged government to provide compensation and to punish the guilty who were involved in the incident.
Pradeep Kaphle
Nepal

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