Bomb creates panic in Butwal, Biratnagar, Banke
BUTWAL, Feb 26: A bomb planted at local Pushpalal Park created panic among the general public in Butwal town area Tuesday morning. The bomb was reportedly planted by the CPN Maoist (Revolutionary). It was kept in a bag at the Pushpalal Park, Ward No. 8 of Butawal Municipality. Roadside shopkeepers had detected the bag with the bomb at 7 in the morning and informed the police about it.
Police cordoned off the area and called in a bomb disposal squad of the Nepalese Army Bhawani Baks Battalion which defused the device at about 10 a.m. Police suspect that the group might have planted the bomb to show its presence and activities.Further investigation is underway in this connection, said the police. Earlier on, a squad from the Nepal Army (NA) has defused a cooker bomb planted at Biratnagar this morning.
A bomb disposal squad from NA, Eastern Division, Itahari detonated a stray bomb planted at Pachali Mode along the Biratnagar-Jogbani road section at around 6.30 am, said the Morang District Police Office. Also found in the site was a three-page statement circulated by the CPN-maoist (Revolutionary), said police. Investigation into the incident is on, police said. In yet another incident, a pressure cooker bomb has been detected in Bankatuwa VDC-7, Rangeela Chowk of Banke district at 5.00 this morning.
A pamphlet undersigned by CPN-Maoist (Revolutionary) Chairperson Janapad was found nearby the site, said the Area Police Office, Kohalpur. A squad from NA has reached the site to defuse the bomb.
CPN-Maoist cadres vandalize Koshi high dam project office
DHARAN, Feb 26: Stating that construction of the Saptakoshi High Dam is against the national interests, CPN-Maoist cadres on Tuesday vandalized the project office at Sunakhambe of Aahale VDC- 1 in Dhankuta. CPN-Maoist cadres vandalized four gauges, erected party flag at the project site, chanted slogans and demanded to immediately halt work on preparing the detailed report of the project. CPN-Maoist leader and former minister Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma, who had led the group, said construction of the Saptakoshi High Dam Multipurpose Project would jeopardize national sovereignty.
He also said they will continue their protests unless unequal treaties signed with India are scrapped. “If the government tries to suppress our protest, we will not hesitate to retaliate.” said Bishwokarma. In 1991, then government led by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala had signed an agreement with India for the construction of the Saptakoshi high dam in Sunakhambe of the district. Later, the government formed under the UCPN Maoist Puspa Kamal Dahal had initiated study for detailed report of the project. The high dam to be constructed in Sunakhambe will be 269 high.