KATHMANDU, NOV 12 -
At least eight vehicles were torched and vandalised, while over 10 ‘bombs’ were disposed off on Monday, the first day of the 10-day banda called by the CPN-Maoist-led poll-opposing parties.
Though the government deployed security personnel in large numbers on major roads and highways, vandalism began early morning, while some reported bombs turned out to be a hoax. Police said they arrested over 50 banda supporters across the country.
Except early morning, banda supporters were not seen on the roads throughout the day, as they apparently wanted to avoid arrest.
In the afternoon, some youth groups and locals took out rallies in Kathmandu to protest the banda. They said no one has the right to block people’s fundamental right to vote. UCPN (Maoist) supporters in Kathmandu Constituency-1 also took out a motorcycle rally to defy the banda.
Bomb disposal squads of the Army disposed off bombs planted in districts like Ilam, Kanchanpur, Dang, Bardiya and Makawanpur.
The Home Ministry said vehicles were torched in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Sarlahi, Sindhuli and Sunsari. Two cars were vandalised in Subidhanagar and Baneswor in Kathmandu. A vehicle belonging to Nagarik daily was also set alight at Koteshwor, while two other vehicles were torched in Bhaktapur. Police arrested two persons who were trying to set an Indian vehicle parked in Mitrapark, Kathmandu, on fire.
Spokesperson of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office SSP Hemanta Pal said 41 persons were arrested in Kathmandu Valley for their involvement in various anti-election activities.
Vehicles belonging to the Terathum Chief District Officer and the UCPN (M) were vandalised in Dharan. Chief of the eastern regional police, Navaraj Silwal, said they arrested nine persons involved in vandalism and trying to enforce the banda.
In dang, police arrested six cadres of the CPN-Maoist, including district party member Bhupendra Bhusal, who were trying to enforce the banda. Also, 11 cadres of the CPN-Maoist were taken into custody in Kalikot, while one was arrested in Khotang.
Bombs defused; guns used
Four small bombs went off in Gaighat, Udayapur, early on Monday. The bombs were planted near the New Buspark, Old Gaighat, and around Gaighat bazaar. However, no casaualties were reported in the incidents.
Also, six bombs were disposed off by Army personnel in various places in Siraha. A pressure cooker bomb was planted near Golbazar Chowk and a socket bomb was found 500 meters away, according to the police.
In Dadeldhura, banda supporters opened fire at a vehicle. No casualties were reported in the firing. In Rasuwa, a socket bomb was found at a polling centre. The bomb at the Sundhara Devi Higher Secondary School in Dharapani was defused by the Army.
Army personnel also defused seven bombs in Shreekhadgapur, Chandeshowri, Rabiopi, Khawa, Tamaghat, Lamidanda and Kuntabesi in Kavre. In Dhankuta, a bomb went off at the under-construction party office of the UCPN (M). Police said the bomb did not affect the building much.
Posted on: 2013-11-12 08:58