Vehicular movement along the Araniko Highway and BP Highway was disrupted on Wednesday morning owing to a ‘chakka jam’ called by Nepal Student Union, the student wing of Nepali Congress (NC), demanding the release of its leader Krishna Dhakal.
Krishna, the NSU unit chairman of Tapeshwor Secondary School in Kavre, was arrested on November 6 for posting a distorted image of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on social media. Dhakal was arrested after he had deleted the image from his Facebook wall and apologised for the post.
Cadres of Kavre-chapter of NSU organised a protest rally starting from Tindobato in Banepa which ended in a corner meet at Banepa Chardobato Chok this morning. As a result, vehicles travelling along the highways were left stranded for around half-and-hour.
NSU along with its district committees have been organising various protest programmes across the nation following Krishna’s arrest.
Earlier, on Monday, the NSU had staged demonstrations by burning PM Oli’s effigy in Banepa, Kavre and Chandranigahapur Chowk, Rautahat demanding immediate and unconditional release of Dhakal. The union had also enforced a two-day educational strike in Kavre on Sunday and Monday.
Meanwhile, Kavre police had also arrested journalist Om Prasad (Kabiraj) Dhakal, chief editor of palpalko.com, for sharing the same photo posted by Krishna in a group chat asking “Will Kavre police do anything to the person who posted PM Oli’s photo morphed with a dog?’
The police arrested journalist Dhakal on the day of Bhai Tika on cyber crime charges after he shared the image on a group chat operated by the police used for sharing information between police and journalists.
Various journalists’ organisations have expressed dissent over the police action arresting journalist Dhakal for sharing information on a platform provided by the police.
Both, Krishna and Kabiraj, are being detained at Metropolitan Police Circle, Teku.