1,200 Nepalese youths detained for `suspicious behaviour`
Kathmandu: Around 1,200 Nepalese youths, most of whom sport long hair and piercings, have been rounded up over the past one week for alleged "suspicious behaviour", kicking up a controversy.
The police, however, has denied media reports that they arrested people with long hair, claiming it as a mere "coincidence".
"Most of them have long hair, which is just a coincidence", Kathmandu Metropolitan Police spokesperson Chakra Bahadur Singh said.
"We have arrested those using drugs, involved in hooliganism as well as school drop-outs. We based our arrests on complaints from local people about youth using drugs and making noise," he said.
The police has intensified security in Kathmandu to check rising incidents of crime, he said.
"We have handed over most of those arrested to the parents with a warning", he said, claiming that the drive will control criminal activities in the capital.
The drive, launched early last week with the arrest of over 700 people across Kathmandu on its first day, has ignited outrage on social and local media.
"My hair is two feet long. I sport earrings. Am I a criminal in the eyes of Nepal police?" read a tweet by Nepali journalist Keshav Koirala.
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