Two APF personnel hurt in Surkhet clash
Two Armed Police Force personnel were injured in a clash with the CPN-Maoist cadres at Jahere in Mainatada VDC in the district on Wednesday. The clash ensued when police intervened into the Maoist activists’ bid to disrupt an integrated mobile service camp organised by the local administration at the VDC on Wednesday. The Maoist cadres came to the streets in the morning and chanted slogan, pressing the local people not to take part in the camp.
Police lobbed six rounds of tear gas shells to take the situation under control. Police said they had to fire tear gas shells after the Maoists cadres started hurling stones at them. Eight protesters were arrested in connection with the incident. Meanwhile, the CPN-Maoist has announced a banda in the district on Thursday to protest police intervention into their ‘peaceful’ protest.
Consensus needed on theoretical aspects: Chanda
NEPALGUNJ, May 16: Secretary of the CPN-Maoist, Netra Bikram Chand has said that there was no meaning of election without forging consensus on theoretical aspects of new constitution. At a news conference organized by the party here on Thursday, Chand said that the new constitution could be promulgated without holding election to the Constituent Assembly (CA) if common consensus was forged among all political parties.
Expressing the view that political consensus was necessary in building constitution as political parties represent people, he said it was only a betrayal of the people to say that the election would resolve all disputes. Chand said the country now has been pushed towards regression and warned that the country would face unimaginable catastrophe if political parties did not correct themselves in time.
Responding to a query, the CPN-Maoist Secretary said that issues of disagreement could be resolved through talks and added that four-party mechanism should take responsibility for creating environment for the same.
CPN-Maoist union gives ultimatum
KATHMANDU: A day after employers and employees in the Birgunj corridor agreed not to strike and maintain industrial harmony, a trade union affiliated to CPN-Maoist — a breakaway faction of UCPN-Maoist — today threatened to close all industries across the country from May 24, if their demands are not met.
Giving a week-long ultimatum today, All Nepal Revolutionary Federation of Trade Union coordinator Ramdeep Acharya said that industries across the country will be forcefully closed, if the government does not fulfil their 25-point demand. “We will start massive campaigning and pamphleteering from tomorrow for a week,” he said, adding that on May 22 and 23, we will hoist black flags at all the industries across the country.
Since the government did not take our 25-point demand — including a minimum salary of Rs 15,000 and Rs 700 per day wage — handed over to it on March 24, we are compelled to take this step, Acharya added.