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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More explosions.. Need to put a stop.

Birgunj/Kathmandu, Jan 30:

Thirty-two persons, including Parsa Chief District Officer Bhola Prasad Siwakoti, were injured when a bomb exploded near the venue of seven parties’ mass meet at Narayani Rangasala here. Eleven others were hurt in separate blasts in Birgunj.
The blast at the SPA meet occurred in an open space near Gautam School when Nepali Congress leader and Minister for Science, Technology and Environment Pharmulla Mansur, who was the last speaker, was addressing the joint meet.
The bomb occurred just five minutes before the conclusion of the meet. Eyewitnesses said an unidentified person left the bomb at the site seconds before it exploded.
Earlier, seven persons, including a bus driver, were injured when a bomb was hurled at the bus that was heading towards the meet venue carrying Maoist cadres in front of Kediya Eye Hospital at Parwanipur at 3:30 pm.
In another incident, four persons were injured when a bomb was hurled targeting a tractor that was heading to the meet venue carrying people near the venue at 2:00 pm.
Injured CDO has been undergoing treatment in Advanced Medical College, while other injured have been admitted to Narayani Sub-Regional Hospital in Birgunj, Parsa district SP Yogeshwor Ramkhomi said. He added that most of the injured were hurt in legs. Of the injured undergoing treatment at NSRH, condition of two is critical, the hospital source said.
There were two more blasts in Birgunj — one in front of the Indreni FM building and another near National Medical College. No one was hurt.
A home ministry official said bombs were planted with an intention to kill. He added that Biratnagar and Janakpur blasts were meant only to terrorise. “But this time, the bomb was planted near the assembly area, apparently targeting the public,” he said. The official added that today’s blasts exposed chinks in security arrangement. Home ministry spokesperson Modraj Dottel said metal detector was used to screen all. According to him, over 3,000 police personnel were deployed in Birjung.
Meanwhile, Parsa district coordinator of Madhesi Mukti Tigers, Kanchan Bidrohi, has owned up the blasts.

Martin condemns explosions:
Kathmandu: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Nepal Ian Martin has condemned the blasts during a political rally held to promote the Constituent Assembly election in Birgunj on Wednesday. “United Nation Mission in Nepal and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-Nepal teams were present conducting monitoring activities at today’s and previous rallies,” a statement issued by UNMIN here said. “I hope that those responsible will be identified and brought to justice,” Martin added.
Saying that violence and intimidation have no place in a democratic transition, and in particular in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly election process, Martin said political differences must be resolved through peaceful means. “I have no doubt that acts of terror will discredit whatever cause they claim to promote.”

Source: Himalayan News Service

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