Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Nepal police held BPU general secy

The police in Damak arrested and held general secretary of Bhutan Press Union (BPU) Puranaghare for a night in custody without any reason.

Puranaghare told Bhutan News Service over telephone that he, along with his younger brother, was arrested from the rented room in Damak on Tuesday evening.

Despite his appeal to chief of the Damak police posts, they were not released. On Wednesday morning, as the local administration lifted the curfew imposed since four days, both of them have been released.

He said police had mentally and physically tortured them. They were beaten while being arrested.

Association of Press Freedom Activists (APFA) – Bhutan and Third World Media Network (TWMN) – Bhutan Chapter have condemned the act of the police administration of beating and manhandling Bhutanese journalists without any cause. They have asked the police not to repeat such acts in the future.

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