Student leaders have accused authority of not following the law during and the arrest of their colleagues. Talking to RFN, Pradeep Poudel, the vice-president of Nepal Student Union and Madhukar Khanal, a student leader, said that the police mistreated with the family members of Suraj Kafle, the former central member, and Asta Kumar Shahi, the central member, during the raid in their homes to arrest them.
The leaders also told RFN that the two along with Pradeep Humagain, the free student union president of Kathmandu Education Campus and Yuvraj Singh of Nepal Commerce Campus been held in custody giving them the warrant staying they have been arrested for maintaining peace and order. Khanal said it’s illegal to keep them in custody after giving the warrant. “They should immediately be sent to jail and treated as the political figure,” he said.
The union also denonced the mistreat of family members by the security force.
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