“They pelted stones at a police vehicle.Then we had to use force to disperse the crowd,” he reported.
“A policeman has been slightly injured.” While Lamichhane’s supporters accused the government of trying to frame an ‘innocent man’ in the case, Pudasaini’s people were chanting different slogans.
They chanted slogans like – “Let the state machinery work’, ‘let the investigation be fair’, ‘Pudasaini should get justice’, ‘Don’t politicize crime’.
They had carried placards in hands.Pudasaini, a local of Belkotgadhi Municipality 3 had worked closely with Lamichhane for ‘Janatasanga Sidha Kura’, a TV show telecast by News24, that has made Lamichhane popular among the people.
Pudasaini had left the show just 2 months ago to join some other media.
A video recorded before his death shows him accusing Lamichhane & 2 others of inciting him for suicide.
In the video, he repeats several times that Lamichhane is “a criminal under the guise of a journalist” & should be brought to justice.
The police had arrested Lamichhane, Yubaraj Kandel, a journalist with News24 & Asmita Karki, a nurse from Okhaldunga & brought them to Chitwan on Thursday night.
They were produced before the district court on Friday where Judge Binod Kumar Sharma allowed the trio’s detention for 5 days.