Home Minister Thapa meets injured of Nakkhu bomb explosion

  • Government to bear all costs of treatment of the injured
  • Family members of deceased Gurung refuse to receive body
- Sanjaya Lama, Kathmandu

Feb 23, 2019-

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa on Saturday visited Mediciti Hospital in Lalitpur to take stock of the health condition of people injured in the improvised device explosion that took place outside Ncell Headquarters in Nakkhu, Lalitpur on Friday night.

Minister Thapa assured the victims and their relatives that the government would soon bring the culprit (s) to justice.

Thapa was accompanied by Inspector General of Nepal Police Sarbendra Khanal and Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu and Deputy Inspector General SaileshThapa Chhetri.

Singh Prasad Gurung, 49, from Lamjung district, Urusha Manandhar, 25, from Kavre and Pratiksha Khadka, 26, from Bagdol were seriously injured in the incident

Incapacitated in the incident, Gurung breathed his last during the course of treatment in Mediciti Hospital at arond 1 am on Saturday, police said.

A group of unidentified persons had detonated a bomb outside the gate of the headquarters of Ncell, a private mobile company, at Nakkhu, Lalitpur at around 7:30 pm yesterday. Windowpanes of five nearby buildings were shattered in the explosion.

Minister Thapa said that the government will bear all costs of treatment of the injured and will provide proper compensation to the family of the deceased.

Meanwhile, kith and kin of Gurung have refused to collect the body arguing that they would not trust the verbal commitment of Minister Thapa and sought written commitment.

According to PahiloPost, Gurung was a retired Singapore police. Gurung, who was heading towards his home in Nakkhu, Lalitpur, on his vehicle, when the incident occured. He is survived by a daughter and a son.

Following the incident, police have rounded up six persons to investigate their connection in the explosion. They have been kept at the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, police said.

Nepal Police spokesperson Uttam Raj Subedi said no one has claimed the responsibility of the expolsion yet and no pamphlets were found at the incident site.

It has been learnt that unidentified persons have torched Ncell towers in various places outside the Kathmandu Valley.

Earlier on Friday night, an Ncell tower was set on fire in Pokhara Metropolitan City-27, Kaski district.

Published: 23-02-2019 13:45

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