Kathmandu - Senior Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel has been released from police custody. He was taken into custody on the charge of violating the prohibitory order on his way to inaugurate a newly built bridge. He was taken to the police office after the arrest and released after three hours in the afternoon. Another 12 persons including District president of the NC, Jit Prakash Aley were also taken into custody.
Speaking at a programme organised following his release at the party office, NC leader Poudel said the government is trying to negate the Congress by misusing police power. He also condemned the arrest made while going to attend a programme. Meanwhile, the NC Tanahu has decided to organise programmes in protest against the arrest. Some district NC leaders were injured in the scuffle that took place with police in course of the arrest.
The District Administration Office had imposed a prohibitory order from noon to 6:00 pm today, considering the possibility of a clash between the NC and the ruling NCP over the inauguration of the bridge. In protest against NC leader designated as Chief Guest to inaugurate the bridge, the youth association affiliated to the ruling party had organised a protest meet in the bridge site this morning. Meanwhile, in Kathmandu, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba has condemned the arrest of leader Poudel.
Accusing the administration of manhandling leader Poudel, NC President Deuba warned of a strong retaliation. Also this evening, the Nepal Students Union staged a protest at Maitighar. Condemning the incident, the NSU has called for action against those involved in the incident.