Cops arrest NDA Valley ‘in-charge’

I was behind Bhotahiti blast’

Kathmandu, February 19:

Police this evening arrested Kailash Singh, who identified himself as the Valley in-charge of the National Defence Army (NDA) and claimed he was behind the Bhotahiti blast on January 14, from Dillibazaar.

Police also seized a weapon from Singh. When a team of police from the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, reached Dillibazaar, he opened fire at police. Police constable Raju Bhandari sustained injury during the firing, the police said.

Singh was standing in front of a restaurant in Dillibazaar when the police reached there. “When police tried to arrest him, he opened four rounds of fire, injuring Bhandari,” a police official said.

According to the police, they immediately seized an Italian pistol and six rounds of unused bullets from him. The police also seized a revolver and four bullets as police raided his house following his arrest.

Bhandari has been undergoing treatment at the Nepal Police Hospital in Maharajgunj, but he has not sustained serious injury, the police said.

During a preliminary probe, Singh revealed that he was involved in the micro-bus explosion at Bhotahiti on January 14. It is learnt that the NDA is a hard-core religious organisation which is fighting for retaining the country as a Hindu kingdom.