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Thawang chief kidnapped by cadres of Chand-led party
- CPN members say they will release Ghartimagar after interrogation
Sep 16, 2017-
Cadres of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Commu-nist Party of Nepal on Thursday night abducted Thawang Rural Municipality Chairman Bir Bahadur Ghartimagar in Rolpa.According to the police, Ghartimagar was abducted at around 11pm on Thursday from the Koichawang village on his way to his in-laws’ village.
Magar, who won the post for the CPN (Maoist Centre), was making preparations for holding the first village assembly on September 16.
Chief District Officer Dijan Bhattarai said personnel from Nepal Police and
the Armed Police Force are searching for the missing.
Kesh Bahadur Batha
Magar, chief of the Rapti bureau of the Chand-led party, was caught from the Miru village for interrogation.
A member of the District Security Committee quoted Ghartimagar’s wife, who
was with him when the
incident happened, as
saying: “Around 8-10 people came out of nowhere and
took him [Ghartimagar] to
a nearby hill saying they
had some business [with him].” His whereabouts are unknown.
Ghartimagar had defeated the CPN’s independent candidate Amit Gharti Magar
in the local level elections. The Chand-led former Maoist party claims Thawang to be its stronghold.
CPN cadres have claimed responsibility of the abduction. Lal Bahadur Oli, coordinator of the Rolpa Jilla Janaparishad, said in a
statement on Friday that
the people had taken Ghartimagar under control
as he had “forcefully
tried to enforce the parliamentary system in the rural municipality”.
Ghartimagar would be released after interrogation, it was stated.
Police have not revealed
the identity of the suspected abductors.
Published: 16-09-2017 08:00