17 CPN-Maoist cadres quit party
MORANG, NOV 12 – As many as 17 party cadres of the CPN-Maoist have quit the party, expressing their disenchantment to it adopting violent activities. Seventeen cadres including member of the Kochila State Committee of the party Uttam Dhungel announced their resignation en masse at a press conference in Biratnagar on Tuesday. Others who quit the party include the party’s senior member from Morang, Pradip Kumar Joshi, district member and the party’s Newa Liberation Front coordinator Lawa Kumar Tamrakar, district member Uttam Shrestha, Kailash Mehta, Parshu Shrestha, Juna Shrestha, Lalita Pandey, Keshav Bhujel, Akash Tamrakar, Mohan Shrestha, Mohammad Dilwar and Bijaya Shrestha.
They said that they decided to quit the party despite actively working for the party for long as the party’s central leadership resorted to activities like exploding bombs and physical attacks, starting violent activities at the grassroots level though the central leadership had promised a peaceful boycott. They have said that now they are with the UCPN (Maoist).
UCPN (Maoist) party office bombed
DHANKUTA, Nov. 11: An unidentified group blasted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the under-construction party office of the UCPN (Maoist) at Dhankuta-7 on Monday. The group exploded the bomb on the roof of the party office and there was a minor damage, said police. Security personnel of the Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police reached the incident site after hearing the sound of the blast. No one has taken the responsibility of the blast. Security arrangement has been made stricter in Dhankuta after the incident.
CPN-Maoist-enforced transport strike hits polls staff
ILAM, Nov 12: Hundreds of staffers, who have been deputed to the district-wide polling stations, have been hit hard due to the vehicular strike enforced by the 33-party alliance. Staffers especially those based in the far-flung areas have been the ones to bear the brunt. Due to transport strike, the staff who are supposed to arrive at the district headquarter to collect election materials have been stranded in their respective villages.
The vehicular means meant for short and long routes have stayed off the road across the district due to the strike. “As per the schedule the staff are supposed to collect election materials by Wednesday. However, they have been stranded in their respective villages due to the strike,” said Chief Returning Officer Kamal Bhattarai of Ilam district. With three constituencies, as many as 1,666 election staffers are set to be deputed for 126 polling stations in Ilam district.
“I have not been able to get a vehicle to the district headquarters to collect election materials,” said Devendra Rai of Chimfula VDC. Rai has has been deputed for the polling station based in Banjho VDC. Since it is not possible to bring all the staffs on security escort, they have to walk to the district headquarters on foot, said CDO Baburam Khatiwada. Of the 48 VDCs, Banjho, Sakfara, Chulachuli, Mahamai, Lumde, Ibhang, Jirmale are the most inaccessible VDCs in the district.
Numerous bombs defused during bandh
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE SIRAHA/KAVRE: Bombs and various explosive devices were planted across the country in the general strike called by the CPN-Maoist-led 33-party alliance today‚ causing terror among the general public. A large number of security personnel remained busy defusing bombs and explosives planted in public places like roads‚ school premises‚ temples and offices of different political parties in several districts. Four powerful bombs were found in Siraha‚ one at the district’s trade hub Lahan and three in Golbazaar and adjoining areas. One socket and a pressure cooker bomb were found at a distance of 200 metres in Golpark of Golbazaar’s main chowk.
The bombs were defused by a bomb disposal team of Nepali Army deployed from Naya Shreenath Battalion in Choharwa. Meanwhile‚ bandh enforcers terrorised locals in Panchkhal‚ Dhulikhel‚ Panauti‚ and Rabiopi among eight other places of Kavre district today. Explosives planted at school premises‚ roads‚ and the marketplace were defused by a Nepali Army bomb disposal team. As many as four bombs went off in the adjoining areas of Udayapur district headquarters Gaighat — New Buspark‚ Purano Gaighat‚ and the north-west areas of Gaighat bazaar — at intervals of ten minutes. Security officials said the bombs were planted by the poll-opposing Mohan Baidhya-led-CPN-Maoist activists. All the market places‚ academic institutes‚ industries‚ transportation‚ among others‚ remained closed in Gaighat‚ Katari‚ Beltar‚ Mukurchi and the adjoining areas.
Though the administration tried to open shops‚ the shopkeepers couldn’t be convinced about their security. A bomb went off on the banks of Bhanu-5 of Tanahun yesterday night‚ but no human casualty was reported. The district was completely affected due to the strike. Meanwhile‚ a bomb planted at Parbat district headquarters Kushma‚ was defused by a team of Nepali Army. Hari Paudel‚ district joint secretary of CPN-Maoist has been held for his alleged involvement in planting the bomb.
One more bomb was detected from Lovely Danda of Parbat‚ which lies near the Unified CPN-Maoist party office in Parbat. Likewise‚ it is reported that a bomb planted in Sundhara Higher Secondary School premises in Rasuwa was defused by a Nepali Army team. The school has been set as an election booth. In the run-up-to the general strike‚ two bombs were found at the UCPN-Maoist party office in Bidur of Nuwakot yesterday night and another bomb planted in Battar were defused by NA. Police have nabbed five persons suspecting their involvement in the incident. Likewise‚ bandh enforcers had planted suspicious objects to terrorise people in wards 7 and 9 of Dibharna VDC in Arghakhanchi.
At least six CPN-Maoist cadres were held for stopping public vehicles for defying the bandh along the Ghorahi-Lamahi road section in Dang. A Nepali Army team defused two bombs in the Milk Product Cooperative Limited in Kolbung‚ Ilam‚ today morning. One more bomb was found at a chautari near Saraswoti Secondary School in Kolbung. Security personnel in Panchthar were hassled because of bomb hoaxes. A vehicle belonging to District Administration Office‚ Terhathum was vandalised in Amarhaat of Dharan for defying the strike. A bomb went off at the UCPN-Maoist office‚ which is under construction‚ in Dhankuta‚ today morning. A vehicle belonging to the Ministry of Peace was torched at Bhaktapur’s Bageshwori VDC. A bomb planted near Charikot Oil Store in Dolakha was defused. Two buses were burnt in the district for defying the bandh. Meanwhile‚ a bomb exploded at Musarpatti of Khariyani VDC in Dhanusha today morning.
Strike successful: 33-party alliance
KATHMANDU: The 33-party alliance on Monday thanked all its well-wishers for supporting them in making their nationwide strike a grand success. A press statement the convener of the 33-party alliance Dev Gurung released conveyed this message. Gurung urged everyone to support the transportation strike that will continue till November 19 — the election date — so as to foil the election. He claimed the transportation strike would continue until the major parties and the government opted for politics of consensus. Gurung said hundreds of his party cadres were arrested and sought their immediate release. However‚ leaders of different parties said they would defy the transportation strike of the 33-party alliance at an interaction organised by Reporters Club.
Packed bus torched in Nepal for defying transportation strike
Anti-election protests turned violent on Tuesday when unidentified protestors hurled a Molotov cocktail at a moving bus packed with passengers in central Nepal, police said. All passengers managed to escape before flames engulfed the bus and completely destroyed it in Chitwan district, police spokesman Ganesh K.C. said. The district is located about 100 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. “The bus was being escorted by a security convoy to Kathmandu when it was attacked in the early hours today.
No one was hurt and the assailants got away,” K.C. said. The police have made arrangements to provide security escorts along the national highway to vehicles, especially those carrying essentials to the capital. In addition to torching the bus, protestors vandalized two cars in Kathmandu and one in Pokhara city in western Nepal on Tuesday. The police have arrested 11 protestors caught in the act of vandalism.
Vandalism, arson mark 33-party bloc’s banda
KATHMANDU, NOV 12 – Scores of vehicles were vandalised and bombs were planted at different parts of the country during the transportation strike called by the poll-opposing alliance of 33-political parties led by CPN-Maoist on Tuesday. Three vehicles were vandalised at Baneshwor this morning for defying the strike . Two taxis bearing registration number plates (Ba 1 Cha 7993, Ba 1 Cha 1962) were vandalised at Old Baneshwor and Mid-Baneshwor while a tempo (Ba 1 Ha 3623) was vandalised at New Baneshwor. However, a large number of vehicles have been plying the road in the Capital as compared to Monday’s general strike and the banda has little effect in normal life. A moving passenger bus was torched by an unidentified group at Kalibas VDC in Chitwan along the Mungling-Narayangadh road section on Monday night.
Around 40 commuters slid out of the window panes of the burning bus to save their lives. The bus (Na 4 Kha 4734), en route to the Capital from Sarlahi, was completely destroyed in the arson. Bombs defused Similarly, a bomb planted at CPN-UML former Chief Whip Bhim Acharya’s home in Sunsari was defused by a bomb disposal team of Nepal Army. The bomb was planted at the gate of Acharya’s house. Acharya is also UML election candidate from Sunsari-6 in the forthcoming election. Another bomb was defused at Shiva Dhara Chowk in Baglung district. Nepal Army bomb disposal team found the bomb in a suspected bag and was defused, said DSP Surendra Bahadur Gurung. However, Baglung district chapter of CPN-Maoist has denied the involvement of its cadres in planting the bomb. Meanwhile, a vehicle belonging to proportional candidate of Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party, Amaja Raein, was vandalised by an unidenfied group in Siraha. Police said that the van was completely damaged in the attack. The van was parked at Raein’s home while it was attacked.
Bombs hurled at Rastriya Janamorcha election campaign
DANG: A group of four individuals identifying themselves as the ‘Maoist’ cadres have executed two bomb blasts at Ghorahi-2, Dang at around 5 pm this evening. An electioneering campaign of Rastriya Janamorcha candidate from Dang constituency-3 was underway at the site when the blasts took place. “They hurled objects like grenade,” said Rastriya Janamorcha leader Suresh Thapa. “However, no casualty was reported as the bombs blasted off several meters ahead of the crowd.” Local police authority said the culprits are yet to be identified. The assaulters are being searched, police said.
33-party alliance stands firm on anti-poll strikes
KATHMANDU: The CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung has said the dissident alliance led by his party won’t make any changes on protest schedules unless the November 19 elections are prorogued and fresh talks are initiated. Speaking at a face-to-face gallery organised here at Reporters Club today, the dissident leader said that their protest was the result of the politics of boycott practiced by the major political forces.
Anything could happen if processes are moved ahead without consensus, Gurung threatened adding, “If government and major political parties do not step back, CPN-Maoist cannot be held responsible for the violence that may erupt over again.” According to him, the elections cannot not provide an outlet to the country, let alone promulgation of the new constitution. He reiterated that the elections could re-invite the country into fresh confrontations and sabotage national prestige. Accusing the parties of showing autocratic attitudes by deciding to hold new elections excluding his party, Gurung demanded that the elections be deferred at the earliest.
Weakened Baidya-led alliance adopts ‘terror tactics’
KATHMANDU, Nov 11: With the government adopting stringent security measures, including the arrest of party cadres on the spot, the agitating Mohan Baidya-led anti-election grouping of various fringe parties has started adopting ‘terror tactics’ to apparently enforce their strike and foil the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) poll. Already under pressure with more than 24 of the total 33 political parties parting ways with the grouping, the Baidya-led alliance planted bombs, most of them hoaxes, and vandalized a number of vehicles Sunday night to enforce their scheduled general strike on Monday. Nevertheless, there was not even a single cadre or activist of the agitating alliance to be seen in the streets, unlike in all the strikes in the past of the mainstream political parties.
Agitating party leaders admitted that they were forced to adopt guerilla-style techniques as the government started arresting their cadres and activists on the spot. “We are compelled to move ahead in guerilla style. It is not a terror tactic as such,” said Mani Thapa, chairman of Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), a constituent party of the Baidya-led alliance. Thapa said they are not in a position to hold rallies, distribute pamphlets or engage in any anti-election activity in public, with the government arresting all their cadres and leaders in the streets. “We may need to change our tactics and go for an underground style [to show our presence]. We may even need to target road vehicles [to enforce our strike],” he further said.
34 banda enforcers held from Kathmandu
KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Police have arrested 34 people enforcing general strike from Kathmandu and Lalitpur in course of the shutdown called by the 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist, on Monday.
Election possible, Constitution Impossible in Nepal: Gajurel
In the district of Ilam, vice Chairman CP Gajurel of Nepal Communist Party-Maoist talking to the media persons ridiculed reports that the party top leaders have gone underground. “As is being rumored we have no plans to go underground. None of our leaders are hiding,” he clarified and added, “However, it all depends on the acts of the government. If the rampant detention of our cadres continues unabated we may finally take the decision (to go underground). The government will then be entirely responsible for the price the nation will have to bear from our decision.”
Govt, parties to talk to CPN-Maoist
KATHMANDU, NOV 12 – In an effort to end the 33-party alliance ‘s 9-day transportation strike and create an environment for peaceful election, the government and major political parties are preparing to hold talks with the CPN-Maoist -led poll-opposing bloc. Multiple sources told the Post that party leaders and Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire are reaching out to CPN-Maoist leaders and offering formal talks . The fresh move follows Monday’s crippling banda, which is scheduled to continue untill election day on November 19. President Ram Baran Yadav also advised the government to reach out to the poll-opposing parties and seek a solution through dialogue .
Also on Monday, the National Human Rights Commission formally requested the government to bring the agitating parties to the negotiating table. In a meeting with government Chairman Khil Raj Regmi, President Yadav said that besides ensuring effective security for the election, the government should also reach out to the protesting parties and persuade them to withdraw the banda, which, according to him, will create a better environment for free and fair polls. Earlier, the CPN-Maoist turned down a proposal from a section of civil soceity and political leaders to withdraw the strike in return for some seats in the new Constituent Assembly.
According to interlocutors, talks have so far failed because of differences of opinion within the CPN-Maoist . Now that the CPN-Maoist is under immense pressure to withdraw the strike, the government and the major parties, including the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML, are hopeful that a fresh dialogue with the Mohan Baidya-led party could bear fruit. Sources said Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal held informal talks with Baidya on resuming dialogue and ending the strike. Party leaders said they can accommodate the CPN-Maoist in the government and constitution drafting process if the party calls off the strike.
“The chairman is holding regular talks with Baidya and urging him to withdraw the strike, saying that parties are ready to address his demands,” Hemanta Prakash Oli, a leader close to Dahal, said. The parties and the government, however, did not say what is actually in offer for the CPN-Maoist . Dahal had earlier said the Baidya group could be given 26 seats in the new CA. Other proposals include offering the dissenting parties 50 seats or some ministerial portfolios in the Cabinet to be formed after the election. CPN-M leaders, however, said there are no chances of the talks being held. “We will withdraw our protest programme only if dialogue with the government begins after the postponement of the election,” said CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung. A section in the party, including CPN-Maoist chairman Baidya and Vice Chairman CP Gajurel, however, are reportedly for withdrawal of the strike. Hardliners in the party led by Netra Bikram Chand have ruled out any chances of the strike being called off.