Nepal | January 18, 2021

Bomb terror grips Dhanusha

Himalayan News Service
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  • Following the Mahendranagar incident, people have become both wary and terrified

Janakpurdham, December 16

The bomb explosion at Mahendranagar of Chhireswornath Municipality three days ago has unleashed terror across Dhanusha district.

People in the district get terrified whenever they notice any suspicious objects lying around.

A suspicious pressure cooker was found near Sankat Mochan temple of Janakpurdham Sub-metropolitan City-9 last evening. Locals called to the police control room.

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The police team reached the site immediately. They cordoned off the area and prevented anyone from approaching the bomb. When a bomb disposal team from the Nepali Army tried to deactivate the object today morning, it was found to be a hoax.

Police were reported saying that a suspicious object was found at Janakpur’s Barbigha area today morning. Police personnel stopped people’s movement in the area. When a bomb disposal team of the Nepali Army reached the site, plastic waste was found inside the sack.

Likewise, police were notified that an improvised explosive device was planted in a school at Dhanusha-5 today. But, the Nepali Army’s bomb disposal team found empty packets of noodles inside the plastic bag.

Dhanusha DSP Rameswor Karki said that police had started receiving reports immediately after any suspicious object was found. After the Mahendranagar incident, people have become both wary and terrified.

Of late, the security situation has become fragile in Province 2.

Terrorised locals say that the District Administration Office has to act tough and take concrete steps to stop the bomb terror and maintain law and order.

DSP Karki said that Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal’s involvement could not be confirmed in the bomb explosion. Police have arrested three persons suspecting their involvement in the blast. Of them, one is affiliated to the outlawed party. “Investigation to confirm the party’s involvement is on”, police said.

DSP Karki refuted the claim that the bomb was planted as deceased Rajesh Sah had refused to give donation. Police surmised that the incident might have occurred due to personal animosity, Karki added.

Against the backdrop of a series of bomb blast incidents, Province 2 State Minister of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Suresh Mandal today suspected that some forces might be making efforts to render federalism a failure. “The federal government has two-thirds majority and wields power over state organs, including security agencies. Thus, some might be conspiring to sabotage federalism,” Minister Mandal claimed.

He demanded that the federal government provide peace and security to Province 2. “Either the centre has to maintain law and order or it should give the police force under the province government the power to maintain peace and order,” Mandal added.

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A version of this article appears in print on December 17, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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