Incident Reports

Rabi Lamichhane, Shalikram Pudasaini case: Bharatpur declared prohibited zone


Bagmati, Chitawan, Bharatpur

CHITWAN, Aug 19: District Administration Office, Chitwan on Monday has declared Bharatpur as prohibited zone following separate demonstrations by the supporters of Rabi Lamichhane and another group demanding justice for Shalikram Pudasaini, who committed suicide earlier this month.

According to Dipendra Shah, DSP at District Police Office in Chitwan, the adjoining areas from Chaubis Kothi to Mal Pot Chowk have been named as the restricted zone. Various sensitive offices such as hospital, court and government offices are located along the restricted zone.

DSP Shah further said, “Ongoing demonstrations disturbed daily administrative works and service delivery, so we decided to impose the restriction.” If anyone demonstrates in the designated place breaching the notice, punishment according to the law is inevitable, he added.

The situation of Bharatpur has become tensed following the arrest of a television presenter Rabi Lamichhane on August 15 in connection with an apparent suicide case of his colleague Shalik Ram Pudasaini.

The police said they have tightened security following incessant demonstrations by Lamichhane fans demanding his release and other group demanding a fair investigation into the case.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Curfew/prohibitory order issues by the state
Primary Cause Other governance issues
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Group of civilians (only Target)
Actor 2 - Youth na
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