Bombs in UCPN-M offices before Dahal’s arrival in Siraha
SIRAHA: Sockets bombs have been found planted at UCPN-Maoist district offices in Jamdaha-4 and Muskar-3 here on Friday. UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is scheduled to participate in the door-to-door election campaign in the two VDCs this afternoon. He is candidate from the constituency number 5 in the district besides Kathmandu-10. Police Inspector Bimal Parajuli at Area Police Office, Golbazaar informed that two sockets bombs, wrapped in polythene bags, were discovered at the offices this morning. UCPN-Maoist cadres informed the police soon after they noticed the suspicious objects. A bomb disposal team of Nepal Army from Naya Shree Nath Battalion is trying to dispose the explosives. An underground outfit Madesh Rastra Janatantrik Revolutionary Party claimed that it planted the bombs.
CPN-Maoist’s Siraha bandh to affect Dahal’s poll campaign
SIRAHA: The CPN-Maoist has imposed a general shutdown in the district with an intent to bar UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamala Dahal from entering Siraha for the election campaign in Friday. Issuing a press statement, CPN-Maoist district in-charge Jitendra Singh said the bandh was called to foil Dahal’s door-to-door election campaign. Dahal is candidate from Siraha-5 besides Kathmandu-10. Despite the call for bandh, the market areas however are open and vehicles are plying the East-West Highway till this noon.
2 Maoist parties’ cadres clash at several places
KATHMANDU, OCT 25 – Clashes and arrests were reported from different parts of the country on Thursday, as CPN-Maoist cadres tried to thwart the UCPN (Maoist)’s election campaign. At least five persons were injured when activists from the two rival parties came to blows in Rolpa and Salyan. A clash ensued in Thabang in Rolpa when CPN-Maoist supporters tried to attack UCPN (Maoist) activists campaigning for Rolpa-2 candidate Onasari Gharti Magar.
Two persons were hurt in the clash . In the wake of the incident, police escorted Magar and his supporters to the neighbouring VDC of Mirul for safety. In its bid to thwart the Constituent Assembly (CA) election, the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist has declared Thabang a ‘prohibatory area’ for all election related activities. Rolpa district in considered the heartland of the Maoist insurngency and Thabang its headquarters. After the party split, CPN-Maoist supporters dominate the village. In Salyan, three persons were injured in a skirmish between activists of the two parties at Kotbara VDC-5. The local leadership of the UCPN (Maoist) said the fighting ensued after CPN-Maoist cadres hurled stones at their party members.
CPN-Maoist activists in Dhankuta tried to obstruct UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal from travelling to Tehrathum by placing logs and boulders along the Koshi Highway. Police cleared the blockades by the afternoon. Two CPN-Maoist cadres were arrested in this connection. In Morang, police arrested five CPN-Maoist activists for anti-poll activities. They were found hoisting black flags outside the house of Nepali Congress candidate Amrit Aryal. Four CPN-Maoist cadres were also held in Rupandehi and Kaski on the charge of setting fire on campaign vehicles and looting election publicity materials.
33 parties plan to target top leaders
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist-led 33-party alliance on Thursday formally began another phase of its protest. The poll-opposing parties said they will target top leaders of major parties, especially UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Puspha Kamal Dahal. A meeting of the alliance on Wednesday agreed to launch the joint campaign across the country in its bid to thwart plans for the November 19 election.
In the meeting, CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung presented a sketch of the new campaign that portrays Dahal and a few other leaders of various parties as traitors. “We have decided to enter a reactive phase. Joint anti-election mechanisms are being set up in each constituency,” said Mani Thapa of the Revolutionary Communist Party. The parties have also decided to target unauthorised Indian vehicles that are being used in election campaigns, especially in the Tarai region. (PR)
CPN-M warns of protest against cadres’ arrest
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist has warned of further protests if their leaders and cadres, arrested during their anti-election campaigns across the country, are not released at the soonest. The CPN-Maoist, which has been carrying anti-election activities, said that hundreds of party cadres and Limbuwan members have been arrested from various districts including Ramechhap, Jhapa, Ilam and Dhankuta during their ‘peaceful protest’ against the November 19 elections.
“The arrests indicate the government’s fascist attitude,” CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said in a statement issued on Friday. She also charged government and political leadership of the country of hatching a conspiracy to send the country into civil war by mobilising Nepal Army in the elections. “Either participating or boycotting an election are both democratic rights of the country,” the statement read, condemning the police crackdowns over their anti-election activities. “Trying to dominate a peaceful movement of dissenters has largely disrupted democratic practice of the country.” As the November 19 elections inch closer, the country, since last few couple of days, has been witnessing extensive inter-party clashes sparked through the CPN-Maoist’s anti-election activities.
CPN-M‚ Limbuwan cadres attack UCPN-M poll candidate
KATHMANDU: Cadres of the CPN-Maoist and Sanghiya Limbuwan Rajya Parishad, on Friday, assaulted UCPN-Maoist election candidate from Taplejung Constituency-1 in Taplejung. According to the UCPN-Maoist, election candidate Sanchapal Maden was attacked by the poll-opposing Maoist and Limbuwan cadres at Mele VDC of Taplegunj during wee hours this morning. The party further claimed that a dozen of its cadres have been injured in a retaliation sparked after the assault on their poll candidate.
Maden’s health condition is critical, said Sagarmani Gautam, UCPN-Maoist Taplejung office secretary informed. Gautam also accused the police of remaining mute when candidate Maden was attacked. “Five police personnel had been guarding Maden when he was attacked,” Gautam said. “Police could have arrested at least one of the assaulters. However, they acted as just the mute spectators when the assaulters fled the scene.”
UML Secy’s poll campaign jeep vandalized
DANG: Cadres of the agitating CPN-Maoist vandalised the election campaign vehicle used by CPN-UML Secretary Shanker Pokharel at Tulisipur Bus Park here on Friday morning. According to the police, a gang of 10 Maoist cadres smashed the glasses of the parked vehicle (Na 2 Cha 2734) of leader Pokharel and another vehicle (Ra 1 Ja 276) at around 8 am this morning. The gang also vandalised four motorcycles also used for poll campaigning. Pokharel is vying for the first-past-the-post seat in the November 19 elections from Dang constituency-4. Meanwhile, police have arrested three persons in connection to the vandalism.
According to UML constituency -4 in charge Manohar Budathoki, the CPN-Maoist cadres chanted anti-election slogans and vandalised vehicles. They also tried to take away the mike in the stage. Meanwhile, police have arrested three cadres for their involvement in the vandalism. Those arrested have been identified as Suraj Pariyar, 20, of Hekuli-4, Badri Khadka, 16, of Tulsipur-9 and Sudhir Buda, 16, of Tulsipur-6. Likewise, they also torched ballot papers at Gairagaun and Kwadi of the district, police confirmed.
Home Minister comes down heavily upon CPN-Maoist
KAVRE, OCT 25 – Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire has said that the CPN-Maoist is not a political party. He said the government will take action against all those who are involved in anti- election activities. Addressing a security seminar in Dhulikhel on Friday, Home Minister Ghimire urged the CPN-Maoist to respect the people’s right to vote and added that the government will never accept anti-poll activites carried out by the CPN-Maoist .
“The parties should be registered in the Election Campaign to be termed as a political force,” Ghimire said. ” The CPN-Maoist has not even registered their so-called party in the EC.” Ghimire, who came down heavily upon the CPN-Maoist during the programme, made it clear that the government has never discriminated against any party. On the occasion, Ghimire assured to punish those who try to intimidate by using threats and directed security personnel to get ready for the action.
“The government will never shy away from taking action, no stone will be left unturned to ensure security for the election s,” Ghimire said. He claimed the regional and district level security planning have been prepared and that it will be implemented effectively in the coming days. Also on the occasion, he stressed that the Constituent Assembly elected through the upcomming election s should draft the people’s constitution.