Maoist candidate’s jeep torched in Dhading
KATHMANDU: A jeep used for election campaign by UCPN-Maoist candidate Pushpa Bikram Malla was torched at Murali Bhanjyang of Dhading at around 4 pm on Friday. According to Malla, some election publicity materials that were inside the jeep (Na 1 Ja 2318) were completely destroyed in the arson. The jeep was heading to the constituency no. 1 where Malla is contesting the election. According to Maoist leader Jagat Simkhada, the jeep driver and another person were on board the jeep when the arsonists targeted it.
Two bombs found in Surkhet
SURKHET: At least two bombs were found in main market area of Surkhet district headquarters, Birendranagar, on the way to Surkhet airport on Friday morning. The explosive devices were detected on the way when Unified CPN-Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai was returning Kathmandu from Surkhet. A bomb disposal team of the Nepal Army (NA) defused the bombs detonated by unidentified group, immediately, said the District Police Office, Surkhet.
The police team had cordoned off the area for security after locals informed security force about the detonation of bomb on the road. Local people were terrorised after knowing the incident. Police speculated that the bomb might have been placed by CPN-Maoist targeting leader Dr Bhattarai after knowing the route he was travelling. Meanwhile, the CPN-Maoist has announced Surkhet shutdown today in protest against the arrest of its cadres and to disrupt UCPN-Maoist Chairperson’s arrival to Surkhet on November 2. The police had detained and forwarded public offense case against Maoist cadres involved in disruptive activities in view of the CA election.
CPN-Maoist vandalise car, bike in Dang
DANG, NOV 01 – Two vehicles were vandalised in Dang on Friday, the first day of the two-day general strike called by the CPN-Maoist in Western region. CPN-Maoist cadres vandalised a car (Bhe 1 Cha 1018) owned by one Bharat Shrestha at Traffic junction of Ghorahi, the district headquarters. The windowpane of the car was damaged after the agitating vandals hurled stone at the vehicle. Likewise, a motorbike of Urban Development and Building Division Office, Ghorahi, engineer Rajendra Khatiwada was vandalisied.
The front portion of the bike was damaged. Police said they have been searching for the vandals though they have not been identified. The CPN-Maoist enforced a two-day shutdown in districts from Lumbini to Seti in protest against the November 19 Constituent Assembly (CA) polls and demanding the release of its cadres arrested by police. Vehicular movement have come to a grinding halt, industries have remained shut. But the market places have opened after 12.
Pressure cooker bomb found in Urlabari
BIRATNAGAR, NOV 01 – A pressure cooker bomb has been found near the UCPN (Maoist) party office in Urlabari-2, Morang district on Friday morning. The locals informed the police after they saw the bomb. A team from the Eastern Division of Nepal Army has already reached the site to dispose the bomb, said Inspector Khagendra Khadka at the Area Police Office, Urlabari.
33-party alliance says it’s just a political boycott
KATHMANDU: Leaders of the 33-party alliance have claimed that they were for peaceful political boycott campaign, but the parties themselves have been engaged in violence against each other. The leaders of the alliance including CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya and Revolutionary Communist Party general secretary Mani Thapa are in constant touch with diplomats of different countries, besides the UN. Thapa claimed that they have been expressing concern about the violence during the election and the leaders have assured them that their movement was purely political and wouldn’t turn violent unless the government provoked them.
He said several anti-Constituent Assembly elements were active in defaming the 33-party front and have been engaged in various violent activities so as to blame the alliance. “Anti-CA elements and inter-party clashes are behind the violent activities. But security forces have been trying to blame us so as to provoke our cadres to resort to violence,” Thapa said adding that the alliance cannot take responsibility for activities that are not included in their struggle plan, which they have already made public long ago. He also condemned the government for stopping their peaceful programmes such as rallies, march-past and mass meetings, which is a right guaranteed by the constitution, thus provoking their cadres.
CPN-M politburo member Khadga Biswokarma said his party has a clear policy of boycotting the election actively and strongly to counter the regressive and counter-revolutionary move. He said the government has been misusing state fund to terrorise the people and arrest the supporters of the boycott movement. So, the mass would counter the regressive move in a political manner. Thapa also said the alliance was planning to hold a press conference to inform the people that they were only holding a peaceful movement, but Baidhya alone had abruptly issued a press statement on Tuesday. Thapa also said the meeting of the alliance to be held in a day or two will further discuss on holding a press conference. “The meeting will discuss the plot of the parties to hold the 33-party front responsible for all their violent activities, and crack down on the leaders,” he said.
Asked whether they were considering going underground till the election gets over, Thapa said most of the parties in the alliance, including CPN-M will have to save their leadership from arrest and therefore they might opt to remain underground till the election. “It does not mean that we are going underground for armed movement,” he said. Top leaders of the CPN-Maoist including Chairman Baidhya, Vice-chairman CP Gajurel and Secretary Dev Gurung have been holding an informal meeting at the party headquarters this evening.
Truck set on fire in Nawalparasi
NAWALPARASI, NOV 01 – A truck was set ablaze at Kawasoti, Nawalparasi district on Friday morning. According to police, an unidentified group put vehicle (Na 2 Kha 9872) on fire by sprinkling petrol. The truck was plying on the road when it was set ablaze . The fire was brought under control by police and the locals. The truck has been completely destroyed by the fire. Search for the arsonists is underway and action will be taken against them, said police. The CPN-Maoist on Friday has called for a two-day general strike in several districts of the western region.