Kathmandu, Jan 30 (PTI) At least 32 Nepalese human rights activists, including nine women, were arrested on Wednesday in Kathmandu for staging anti-government protests. Also Read - Nepal PM KP Oli Loses Vote of Confidence Amid Raging Pandemic | Major Points

The protest was organised by the Human Rights and Peace Society, Nepal demanding resignation of Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari for his alleged involvement in wide body aircraft purchase corruption and fulfillment of demands of agitating senior surgeon Dr. Govinda KC. Also Read - Nepal Shuts 22 Border Points With India Amid COVID Surge, 13 Other Entry Points To Remain Open

According to a Parliamentary committee report, Rs. 4.5 billion loss was incurred while purchasing two air buses for state-owned Nepal Airlines and Tourism Minister Adhikari had allegedly made false statement on the issue in his explanation to the Parliamentary committee. Also Read - Coronavirus Reaches Mount Everest Base Camp as Norwegian Climber Tests Positive

Dr. KC has been staging fast unto death for the past 20 days demanding sweeping reforms in the medical sector but the government last week passed a medical bill through majority vote in the Parliament without addressing his demands.

Those arrested include senior human rights activist Krishna Pahadi, president of the society Uttam Pudasaini, and central member Gita Timilsina.

They were carrying placards with the slogans ‘Address demands of agitating doctor KC’, ‘Take action against those involved in aircraft purchase deal’, ‘Sack Tourism Minister Adhikari.’ On Tuesday, police detained 50 members of Nepali Congress for staging a protest in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence to express solidarity with Dr KC.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.