Maoists thrash four Nepal scribes while enforcing strike

Kathmandu: Nepal's Maoists have thrashed and beaten up four journalists while enforcing their strike in the national capital despite their commitment to respect press freedom.

Sudarshan Ghimire was beaten up by Maoists at Maharajgunj while he was riding a motorbike, according the editor of the monthly Rajendra Dahal.

They also thrashed Arjun Bista in Bhaktapur, Gyanendra Niraula in Jhapa and Kashiram Sharma in Surkhet. The journalists were hit by sticks and rods by the Maoist cadre.

Meanwhile, Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries, journalists, professionals and local people of Kathmandu have decided to stage a grand peace rally in Kathmandu tomorrow to show protest against the Maoists' indefinite strike as it has severely affected the normal life.