Fringe Communist Party Challenges Peace in Nepal

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, was rocked by two powerful blasts on 26th May 2019. The cylinder blasts occurred an hour apart from each other in two separate neighbourhoods, Sukedhara and Ghattekulo,and claimed lives of four people and injured seven others.While police secured the area and rushed the victims to the hospital,Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, called an emergency meeting and asked the security agencies to remain on high alert and patrol the capital ahead of the planned strike.No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks however, suspicion has fallen on the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) i.e. CPN(M) which split from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal in 2012.Police suspect those killed might be associated with the CPN(M) and that the exploded cylinders could have been rigged as explosives, possibly to be planted somewhere in the Capital, ahead of the group’s plans to enforce a nationwide general strike the following day.The strike was to be held demanding an investigation into the death of CPN(M)’s cadre Tirtha Raj Ghimire who sustained bullet injuries in police firing in Bhojpur and died while undergoing treatment the week earlier..............


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