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Chand party planned for a month before perpetrating attacks: Police sources

  • The outfit reshuffled its district committees to dodge security officials after attacks
- NAYAK PAUDEL, Kathmandu

Feb 28, 2019-

The Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal had made some clever moves as they hatched the plot to carry out an explosion in Nakkhu, Lalitpur and a series of arson attacks targeting Ncell telephone towers, security sources said.

A high-level police source told the Post that the Chand party had reshuffled its district committees as part of its plan to carry out almost-simultaneous attacks against the private sector mobile company in different districts.

“Following attacks on telephone towers, our personnel in the districts sprung into action. But those who were on our watch list had already disappeared from our radar,” said the source on condition of anonymity citing sensitivity of the matter. “It turned out there was a major reshuffle in the Chand party’s district committees before the attacks and that was part of their well thought-out plan.”

Police on Saturday detained at least six individuals in the Capital in connection with the Nakkhu blast. Similarly, 32 individuals have been arrested across the country till date.

According to sources at Nepal Police, the Communist Party Nepal had been planning the attack for around a month. The party on Sunday owned up to the blast and attacks but showed no signs of renouncing violence. On Wednesday, it issued a statement demanding the release of all of its cadres arrested across the country.

“The government has arrested our cadres and tortured them physically and mentally rather than taking action against corrupt officials and companies. All those arrested should be released without any conditions or else we will be forced to take stern steps,” the party said in the statement.

“The explosion at Nakkhu and destroying properties across the country is against the law. A citizen died during the explosion and two are injured. It is not tolerable due to which central and local police have been ordered to arrest the ones involved in the crime. All of those will face strong actions after being arrested,” Ram Krishna Subedi, spokesperson for the Home Ministry, told the Post.

“Many suspects are being interrogated while some major suspects are still on the run. We have intensified the search for them,” SSP Uttam Raj Subedi, spokesperson for Nepal Police, told the Post. “Once we arrest major

suspects and prove their involvement, we will make them public.”

Published: 28-02-2019 08:31

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