Indian police arrest blast suspect

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 3, 2018-

A suspect behind April 17 blast at the Biratnagar-based Indian field office of the Indian Embassy has been arrested in India, according to the Indian newspaper Economic Times.

A special task force (STF) of Kolkata police apprehended 60-year-old Suresh Kumar Rai alias Sagar Rai from Delhi. Rai is the Morang district secretary of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN).  

He and his team had planted an improvised explosive device near the Indian filed office. Rai’s other associates have already been arrested by Nepal Police. A senior official of STF told the newspaper that Rai confessed to his outfit’s plan of carrying out several other attacks on Indian establishments in Nepal. A couple of days earlier, a blast had occurred at the project office of Arun III Hydropower Project in Sankhuwasabha district where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to lay its foundation during his upcoming Nepal visit this month. Police suspect the hand of CPN activists in the attack.

Published: 03-05-2018 07:15

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