Police refuse to register kidnapping case against NCP lawmakers Basnet, Shrestha and ex-IGP Khanal

Janata Samajbadi Party

KATHMANDU, April 26: The Metropolitan Police Division has denied to register kidnapping case against Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Mahesh Basnet, Kishan Shrestha and former Inspector General of Nepal Police Sarbendra Khanal.

The leaders of newly formed Janata Samajbadi Party Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Upendra Yadav, Rajendra Mahato among others had reached Teku today afternoon to register the case accusing the trio of abducting their lawmaker Dr Surendra Yadav from Janakpur on Wednesday. Dr Yadav himself had also reached there.

But SSP Shyam Lal Gyawali refused to register the case and instead advised the Janata leaders to visit the district where the incident had happened.

According to the party, Dr Yadav was “forcefully” brought to Kathmandu from Janakpur on April 22 and kept in a hotel for hours “at the direct order from Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli”, where he was asked and even “threatened” to join hand with six other lawmakers to split his party taking advantage of the ordinance introduced by the government two days before the incident happened.

At midnight, Samajbadi Party and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal announced a surprise merger, which according to Mahato, foiled the prime minister’s dirty scheme to split the party.

A day later, the government withdrew the controversial ordinances related to Political Parties, which sought an amendment to the Political Parties Act allowing a split vote to require 40 percent support form either the party central committee or the parliamentary party, and Constitutional Council, which would allow the council to convene a meeting even in the absence of opposition parties.

Dissatisfied Dr. Baburam Bhattarai said the denial has made the kidnapping of Dr Yadav a serious issue.

“Olism has criminalized the state and made a mockery of law,” he added.

Dr. Yadav had fled the hotel next morning and come to contact with his leaders. He has said that he was brought to Kathmandu in an abduction style.

But, Basnet, Shrestha and Khanal has claimed they brought Dr Yadav to Kathmandu in his consent.