From The Nepali Press
Himal Khabarpartrika, 27 February-13 March
FROM ISSUE #237 (04 MARCH 2005 - 10 MARCH 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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If you are planning to leave the Valley you better think twice. Your name might be on The List. After February First, security personnel at the airport have turned back passengers waiting to board their plane saying: "You name is on the list." Om Gurung was among 25 people heading for Shillong to attend an Indigenous Peoples' Conference, former justice of the Supreme Court Laxman Prasad Aryal was flying to Mumbai to attend a conference on girl trafficking, Hemanta Bahadur BC of NCP (United) was going home to attend the last rites of a relative, deputy speaker of the dissolved House of Representatives Chitralekha Yadab, member of the Human Rights Commission Kapil Shrestha and many others were turned back from the airport because their names were on the list. It is said that Padma Ratna Tuladhar, Daman Nath Dhungana, Mathura Prasad Shrestha, Krishna Pahadi, Sushil Pyakurel, Nilambar Acharya, Krishna Khanal, Gauri Pradhan are also on the list of 200. No one wants to confirm the list, or who is on it. They wave it off as an order from \'higher up'. While some listed have been kept in custody, others are not even given prior notice. Public Security Act, 2046 provisions the government with the authority to stop anyone who might harm the state or the people from staying in Nepal, entering or leaving it. But only one vested with the authority can issue this provision. The Act does not authorise tricking somebody or stopping him without giving prior knowledge. Even when ordered, the order expires after 30 days. According to the law, if extension is required, the local authority must seek permission from the Home Ministry.