Nepal: NC Udaypur candidate critically injured in ambush, anti-poll activities surge from Tuesday

Barely a day hiatus on Sunday, given the heightened security during the polls, anti-poll activities were reported since Monday, with firearm attacks and explosions in various parts of Nepal, including the Kathmandu Valley.

Nepali Congress (NC) Udaypur-2 parliamentary election candidate Narayan Bahadur Karki, and his three associated were critically injured when their vehicle was ambushed in the district on Wednesday.

Udaypur SP Nawaraj Bhatta said Karki and his associates were heading towards an election assembly at Nepaltar bazaar in Udapurgadi when they were ambushed at Danuwar Beshi, in between Udaypurgadi rural municipality 5 and 6.

An eyewitness said the vehicle (Ba 15 Cha 7806) was thrown 10 meters up in the air.

On Tuesday, nine persons were injured when an improvised explosive device was detonated targeting Prime Minister and Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba’s election rally in Tulsipur under Dang district. The condition of four of the injured is said to be critical. The blast took place 500 metres from the Araniko ground where PM Deuba was to address the NC’s election gathering.

Police have identified the injured as temporary cop Binod Chaudhary, Jeni DC, Bomraj Sunar, Himlal Ramjali, Nep Bahadur Khatri, Sunita Chaudhary, Devi DC and Narabhumi Budhathoki.

In another incident on Tuesday, an IED went off near the house of NC leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula in Chandragadhi in Jhapa district. Police have arrested Rajesh Karki of Birtamod-4 for investigation.

Likewise, an IED was found near the house of Kankai Municipality mayor on Tuesday in Jhapa district. A team of Nepal Army defused the IED.

In Morang, a bomb was detonated at around 9 am targeting a vehicle carrying Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) leader Lal Babu Pandit in Budhiganga Municipality-5. Pandit was heading towards Budhiganga from Biratnagar. The bomb exploded 10 metres from Pandit’s vehicle.

In Sunsari, an IED was detonated at the house of Himal Karki, former district president of the NC, at Bhantabari, Triyuga Municipality on Tuesday.

There was an explosion in the Capital as well on Tuesday. An IED was detonated in Lagankhel, Lalitpur when CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli was addressing the left alliance’s election campaign. However, no casualty was reported.

On 23 November, Nepal government 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.

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.

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