Khotang, balatkaar prayaska aropit sainik hirasatma.
Upendra Basnet, a Nepal Army infantryman, has been accused of trying to rape a local journalist in the district. A complaint has been filed against Basnet, who is deployed in Jabarjung Battalion Mude Barrack Diktel, on April 5.
Basnet had allegedly tried to rape the 16-year-old girl while she was heading towards Rupakot Community Radio Station from Diktel. However, she claimed that she managed to flee even as the accused forcibly dragged her down the road and attempted to rape her.
The accused, who was immediately arrested after the incident on April 4, was handed over to the army barrack. ASI Manoj Yadav of the District Police Office (DPO) said that the accused was handed over Nepal Army after army officials told them that actions would be taken against him under the army act.
Meanwhile, Khotang chapter of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) and rights activists have jointly condemned the incident.