17 NSU activists hurt in clashes

KATHMANDU: As many as 17 cadres and leaders of Nepal Students Union sustained injuries when they clashed with police at Putalisadak at around 4 pm on Sunday

According to NSU president Pradip Poudel, NSU’s genral secretary Gajendra Karki and central committee members Bhim Singh Gurung, Rabina Basnet, Tika Shrestha, Heramba Neupane and Santosh Gautam were among the injured. Another central committee member Himal Dutta Shrestha got his hand fractured during the lathi-charge, he said.

Police charged batons at the NSU activists after they started to attack the rally organised by the sister organisations of the UCPN-Maoist.

However, Poudel said that they only retaliated after the Maoist cadres pelted stones towards them.

The NSU organised chakka jam for around four hours in front of the colleges in the Valley protesting the government’s decision to remove Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal.

Poudel said they were protesting not against the sacking of the CoAS but against the intention of the Maoists to control the Nepali Army and integrate their combatants there. “Their ultimate objective is to introduce communist system in the country which is not acceptable to any people having faith in democracy,” he said adding, “Therefore we appeal to all the pro-democracy people to join hands with us to fight against the Maoist’s advances.” He said the protest programmes would now continue.

NSU will organise chakka jam in front of the colleges from 9 am to 11 am tomorrow and will also organise a protest rally at 3 pm. “We will decide on joint protest plan tomorrow following the discussion with like-minded organisations,” he said.