The District Administration Office, Chitwan has prohibited gathering of more than five people in and around Chitwan District Police Office. Issuing an order to this effect, the DAO Chitwan on Sunday enforced prohibitory order from 6.00am today.
In the order issued by Chief District Officer Jeetendra Basnet, it is stated that the demonstrators demanding the release of Television programme presenter Rabi Lamichhane and others would threat law and order.
Demonstrators have hit the street demanding the release of Lamichhane, Yubaraj Kandel and Ashmita Karki who are in judicial custody in course of the investigation into the suicide case of journalist Shalikram Pudasaini.
In view of possible threat to peace and security, the DAO issued the order prohibiting gathering of more than five people in a place. “The order has been issued with effect from 6.00 am on August 26 until another notice so as to avoid possible riot and confrontation in the areas where the case is being investigated for judicial dispensation”, the order stated.
The prohibitory order is effective from Inland Revenue Office Chowk towards Bypass Road to Cottage Industry Office Chowk, from Saptagandaki Hospital Chowk towards the East-West Highway to Chaubiskothi Chowk. Likewise, DAO has also restricted the gathering of people from Inland Revenue Office Chowk towards Bypass Road to Chowk leading to Bharatpur Hospital-Olde Medical Hospital, from Narayani Secondary School Chowk to Chaubiskothi Chowk through Agriculture Knowledge Centre and from Cottage Office to Saptagandaki Hospital Chowk via Telecom Chowk.
It may be noted that some police and demonstrators were injured in a clash on Sunday evening. At least 11 police including DSP of Chitwan District Police Office Ek Narayan Koirala had sustained injuries in the scuffle. Police took control 10 protestors in course of the confrontation. The statements of Lamichhane and Yubaraj Kandel is to be recorded today before the Chitwan District Court.
Journalist Pudasaini had committed suicide on August 6 accusing the three including Lamichhane of instigating him to take his own life. Acting on Pudasaini’s suicide video clips, the police had arrested the three from Kathmandu.