Kantipur staff attacked, papers looted

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 24, 2014-

Five Kantipur Publications distribution department staffers were attacked by cadres of the CPN-Maoist-affiliated trade union on Sunday morning.

A group of unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants, believed to be cadres of the All Nepal Revolutionary Trade Union, attacked the employees and hindered the distribution of The Kathmandu Post and Kantipur newspapers. They were threatened with life if they continued to deliver the dailies and the Nepal weekly.

The trade union has obstructed the distribution of the papers since Thursday nationwide, employing terror tactics instead of following the due process to get its demands heard.

The masked CPN-Maoist cadres, who had covered the registration number of their two-wheelers, also looted the papers. The workers sustained serious injuries. The assailants also hurled racist slurs at the staffers.

Office bearers of the official trade union at the Publications have condemned the assault. Dhak Prasad Khatiwada, general secretary of the Kantipur Publications labour union, said these mean deeds are unacceptable. “The attack on our duty-bound friends is never justified,” he said.

Harendra Tamang, secretary of the All Nepal Communication, Printing and Publication Workers’ Union, deplored the attack. “People’s right to information should not be curtailed at any cost,” he said. In a show of solidarity, over a dozen print, television and radio networks have urged the government to intervene to resolve the stand-off.

Published: 25-08-2014 09:12

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