Blast near In­dian mis­sion in Nepal

Khaleej Times - - INDIA -

kath­mandu — A pres­sure cooker bomb went off near the In­dian Em­bassy field of­fice in Nepal’s Bi­rat­na­gar late on Mon­day dam­ag­ing the walls of the premises, in what ap­peared to be a rare ges­ture of Nepali anger to­wards its giant neigh­bour to the south. No one has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity. The In­dian Em­bassy in Kath­mandu has not made any re­marks re­gard­ing the blast yet.

It is sus­pected that a splin­ter group of Maoist-led by Ne­tra Bikram Chand could be re­spon­si­ble for the blast due to its anti-In­dian rhetoric in the past.

Ac­cord­ing to the Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice of Mo­rang district, Arun Ku­mar BC, the blast oc­curred close to the of­fice that In­dia, he said, was op­er­at­ing with­out per­mis­sion of the Nepal gov­ern­ment.

The po­lice has launched a probe. There have been re­peated calls from var­i­ous quar­ters to evac­u­ate the field of­fice, Ku­mar said.

Fol­low­ing the Koshi River flood in 2008, Nepal re­quested In­dia to pro­vide its land for trans­porta­tion and pas­sage for tran­sit fa­cil­i­ties un­til its high­ways were re­paired.

To as­sist smooth fa­cil­i­ta­tion of the Nepali ve­hi­cles via In­dian land from Bi­rat­na­gar to Bir­gunj, In­dia had tem­po­rar­ily set up the field of­fice in Bi­rat­na­gar. It has re­mained there for a decade now.

Ev­ery vis­it­ing Nepali prime min­is­ter to In­dia has re­quested for its re­moval but In­dia did not.

Nepal has in re­cent years crit­i­cised what it sees as In­dian in­ter­fer­ence in ag­i­ta­tion by some eth­nic mi­nor­ity peo­ple in Nepal cam­paign­ing for greater po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic rights. —

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