Se­ries of ex­plo­sions tar­get­ing can­di­dates pose se­cu­rity threats

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In­creas­ing in­ci­dents of ex­plo­sions tar­get­ing the can­di­dates and their ve­hi­cles have posed a se­ri­ous se­cu­rity threat to the vot­ers as well as the can­di­dates. The ex­plo­sions and ar­senic ac­tiv­i­ties that started from Rukum tar­get­ing MaoistCen­tre leader Ja­nar­dan Sharma have spread through­out the coun­try in re­cent days tar­get­ing lead­ers of al­most all po­lit­i­cal par­ties. The spo­radic in­ci­dents of ex­plo­sions first limited only in the hills have now also reached the Tarai. Be­sides Sharma of the Maoist Cen­tre, Bar­shaman Pun and for­mer speaker On­sari Gharti of the same party, NC se­nior leader Ram Chan­dra Poudel and Dr Ram Sha­ran Ma­hat and Sherd­han Rai of the CPN-UML had al­ready be­come the tar­gets of the ex­plo­sions. Dr Ma­hat and Poudel nar­rowly es­caped the fa­tal at­tacks. Like­wise, an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice (IED) was det­o­nated tar­get­ing an elec­tion cam­paign of Kham Ba­hadur Gar­buja, a Nepali Congress can­di­date for the fed­eral par­lia­ment, at Beni Mu­nic­i­pal­ity-2 in Myagdi while bombs were ex­ploded at a mass meet­ing sites of the Nepali Congress and the left al­liance in Okhald­hunga. In Sakn­huwasabha, an uniden­ti­fied group set a land Cruiser mo­tor on fire in Chain­pur of Sankhuwasabha and mo­tor­cy­cles in Ra­suwa. A pres­sure cooker bomb was blown in a mo­tor used by NC can­di­date Om Karki for the state assem­bly in Bara. Al­though the po­lice ar­rested nearly 300 in­di­vid­u­als sus­pect­ing their in­volve­ment in the se­ries of ex­plo­sions, in­ci­dents of blasts have gone un­abated. The CPNled by Ne­tra Bikram Chand has been blamed for all the ex­plo­sions. While the se­ries of ex­plo­sions have ter­ri­fied both the vot­ers and can­di­dates across the coun­try, the Home Min­istry, that should main­tain the se­cu­rity has been with­out min­is­ter since long. Prime Min­is­ter Sher ba­hadur Deuba has been look­ing af­ter the port­fo­lio of the Home Min­istry af­ter he re­moved Jan­dar­dan Sharma from the post of the Home Min­istry. Due to his busy sched­ule, the PM has not time to reach the Home Min­istry. In a month, he reached the Home Min­istry only on Mon­day to chair a meet­ing of the se­cu­rity chiefs. The Prime Min­is­ter is also un­able to give the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Home Af­fairs to any min­is­ter as there have been sev­eral lead­ers will­ing to lead the Home Min­istry. How­ever, the chiefs of the se­cu­rity bod­ies and au­thor­i­ties at the Home Min­istry have claimed that they were ca­pa­ble to pro­vide se­cu­rity dur­ing the elec­tions. Ac­cord­ing to them, 300,000 se­cu­rity per­son­nel and 98,000 tem­po­rary po­lice will be mo­bilised to pro­vide se­cu­rity in the elec­tions.

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