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164 people arrested during the agitation have been released

Kathmandu : A total of 164 people have been arrested in a protest in Nepal on Monday after India built a road connecting China to Lipulek. Most of the arrested are from Maitighar Mandala area.

However, the police claimed that they were arrested for violating the lockdown instead of protesting. According to Kathmandu Police Chief SSP Shyamlal Gyawali, 164 people were arrested from different areas of Kathmandu on Monday.

Among those arrested are former administrators, former army and police and activists of political parties.

Former Administrator Dwarikanath Dhungel, former Auditor General Sukdev Bhattarai, former Nepal Army aide Ram Krishna Thapa and former Nepal Police SP Dilip Singh Basnet were also arrested while preparing for the protest at Maitighar on Monday. Similarly, most of the arrested are leaders and activists of Nepal Students Union and RPP.

According to former administrator Dhungel, they were arrested as they were about to enter the Maitighar. They were arrested at 2:40 pm and released at 7:30 pm.

Demonstrations have been taking place in Nepal against India after India built a road in Lipulek with the objective of connecting it with China.

However, the government said more than five people had been arrested in connection with the crackdown, not because of protests.

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