Nepal: Bomb explosion resumes after Sunday’s vote, NC leader Sitaula targeted

After a brief hiatus on Sunday given the heightened security during the polls, bomb explosions have resumed again from Monday in Nepal, the Kathmandu Post reported.

Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula in Chandragadhi was targeted with bomb attack last night. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off near his house in Chandragadhi, Jhapa, at around 12.30 am on Tuesday.

Sitaula is also the NC’s candidate for the parliamentary election from Jhapa-3 Constituency.

Police have arrested a man for his alleged involvement in the explosion.

In another incident today, arrest of two cadres of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) led to the recovery of a powerful pressure cooker bomb planted near the office of Armed Police Force (APF) this morning in Saptari along the Rajbiraj-Kunauli road section.

The pressure cooker bomb which was prepared using RDX by the cadres of Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal was recovered from a field near the APF office.

A bomb disposal squad of the Nepal Army defusing a powerful pressure cooker bomb planted near the office of Armed Police Force in Saptari on Tuesday morning

A bomb disposal squad of the Nepal Army (NA) has defused the bomb.

Saptari Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said that the bomb could be exploded from one km distance with the help of remote.

In yet another incident,

Earlier on Monday, a bomb was hurled targeting a Nepali Congress candidate of State Assembly ‘Kha’ of Dang Constituency-2, Bharat Bahadur Neupane.

The improvised explosive device was hurled at a vehicle (Ra 1 Ja 612) that Neupane was travelling in at Sakram at around 4:15 pm. He was en route to the district headquarters from Chhilikot of Tulasipur Sub-Metropolitan City-19.

The IED exploded some distance away from the vehicle, and no casualty was reported in the incident.

On 23 November, Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) had instructed the police administration to arrest top leaders of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) as part of its intensified move to curb anti-election activities.

The instruction was given after MoHA found that the Chand-led CPN is a major security threat to the federal parliament and provincial assembly elections scheduled for 26 November and 7 December.

According to police, more than 400 CPN activists have been arrested as on Friday from various parts of the country for their involvement in anti-election activities.

Earlier on 20 November, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had directed the chiefs of security agencies to foil all kinds of anti-election activities amidst growing cases of attack on candidates and their campaigns.

The election candidates and supporters of the leftist alliance and the Nepali Congress (NC) have been particularly targeted with bombs attacks, allegedly by the Chand-led CPN.

Theapolitical has in a series of articles since 18 November reported the continuing attacks on the candidates and supporters of the leftist alliance and the NC with bombs.

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