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Interrogation



As the whole city slept, I was in the middle of nowhere expecting to die soon. It was the night before Fulpati, I was walking down the street when a young man, of around 25, blocked my path. He asked me to follow him towards a taxi around the corner. Inside was another man with his face covered by his jacket. He grabbed my hand and pulled me inside. As I struggled, the driver also held onto my hand while the person behind me shoved me into the taxi.

"We're from the army and you're under interrogation," the man in the back told me rudely. "Why do you always write about the Maoists? Who are your sources? How do you get all the information? Where do you meet the Maoist leaders? What is your position in the Maoist party?" I replied politely and softly, saying I was just a journalist doing my job. I tried to assure them that I didn't write against or for either the Maoists or the government. I didn't carry weapons, only my pen and wrote the truth.

By then I was scared. No one knew I had been abducted and they had taken away my cell phone. Was this what happened to the other journalists like Krishna Sen, Ishwar Chandra Gyawali, Govinda Acharya, Khila Bahadur Bhandari, Manrishi Dhital and Om Sharma. Would I be tortured and disappeared like Rebati Sapkota, Chun Bahadur Gurung, Danda Gurung, Shakti Lamsal and Gopal Budathoki? Was this going to be another case of journalists becoming news themselves?

It's true Bimarsa broke the news about the Dasain truce, which was an exclusive a few days before Prachanda's statement. This could have been the reason why I was being questioned. The three men told me that they had been following me since morning. It was almost two in the morning and they seemed to be running out of questions. Then they tried to intimidate me by saying I was on top of the palace's blacklist. "Just remember what happened to Gopal Budathoki," one of them said ominously. He looked really tired and said he was releasing me. "You can go home now, but I still think you are associated with the Maoists," he added. As I got out of the taxi, I noticed that its license plate had been covered up.


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