The police infiltration at the UML office has created havoc in Nepal's political circles. This will only widen the ever-growing gap between the government and democratic political parties. Such an incident will intensify the existing negative image of the government. There was really no need to view the gathering of UML leaders and workers as negative because they were all assembled only to mourn the death of their late leader Man Mohan Adhikari's widow.
The way police took illegal action-entering the office without a warrant, kicking office doors, asking for keys to the accounts office-only shames the government, which has been making commitments in international forums towards respecting democracy, protection of human rights and restoring press freedom. Democracy will be jeopardised if people are not allowed to gather peacefully. This will only provoke more criticism towards the government at a time when international community has been condemning the political events following February First.