CPN Maoist cadres thrash DoFE chief

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 13, 2015-

Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist cadres severely thrashed Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) Director General Bharat Raj Subedi while the latter was on his way to office. The party has already claimed responsibility for the attack.

CPN Maoist spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma said that members of party’s sister organisation National Youth Volunteers (NYV) was involved in the operation under the party’s direction.

Police said that Subedi was on his way to office in Tinkune from his residence at Bohoratar, Kathmandu, when a group of youths vandalised his vehicle and attacked him. The NYV cadres also claimed to have smeared soot on Subedi’s face but police refuted their claims.

Officials of the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE), however, claimed that the cadres were mobilised by recruiting agencies. “We have heard that some recruiting agencies were paying money to the party to attack him,” said a DoFE source. 

The party had also reportedly asked Subedi for donations and pressed him to work as per the wish of recruiting agencies. The Chand-led party has been extorting money from businessmen from across the country to “fund party’s ongoing protest programmes.” 

Although party cadres said that the extortion drive was a party decision, Bishwokarma refuted the claim. He said Subedi was beaten up as part of the party’s nationwide campaign to punish corrupts. “The party decided to punish him after he (Subedi) was found involved in a lot of illegal activities including corruption and human trafficking.

He was also faking his age to extend his tenure in government service. There is also question on his nationality as he is said to have obtained US permanent resident card,” said Bishwokarma.

Subedi and his driver have been admitted to Jana Maitri Hsopital in Balaju. A doctor at the hospital said the duo are in stable condition. Subedi could not be available for 

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Published: 13-08-2015 12:37

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