Kathmandu, September 14
The main opposition Nepali Congress today handed over a memorandum to Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa seeking action against those involved in the incident that took place in Banke on Thursday.
A group of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) cadres allegedly attacked NC leaders and cadres during their nationwide awareness campaign, which led to injury of dozens of NC leaders, including septuagenarian NC District President Kiran Koirala, who had her hand fractured.
Three district heads of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, Krishna Baniya, Durlav Thapa and Madan Amatya respectively submitted the memorandum to the home minister in his office today morning. The memorandum reads, “A group of 13 to 14 local leaders and cadres of NCP attacked the NC leaders with the intention of killing them.”
NC leaders were attacked during a programme held inside the Red Cross hall in Sitapur of Khajura Rural Municipality as per the instructions of Ward Chair of Khajura Rural Municipality-1 Suman Malla, stated the memorandum.
“NC’s serious attention has been drawn to the incident where cadres of ruling party attacked dozens of our leaders,” the memorandum reads.
It also accused the government of not taking timely action to avoid the untoward incident. “Some 50 to 60 NCP cadres took to the street to protest the NC’s peaceful programme, but security personnel did not bother to take necessary measures to prevent a possible clash. We take it as planned action,” reads the memo further.
A version of this article appears in print on September 15, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.