POKHARA: Police in Kaski district on Monday night arrested Lamjung District secretary of Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav)-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) on the charge of planting an explosive device in Pokhara Metropolis-14.
According to Chief of Kaski District Police Office, Superintendent of Police (SP) Dan Bahadur Karki, CPN Lamjung District secretary Vinod Sonam was arrested for his alleged involvement in planting an improvised explosive device (IED) at Siddhartha Chok-based Phewa Agriculture Pvt Ltd last evening.
A bomb disposal squad from Nepal Army had defused the IED after police were informed of the suspicious package at the agricultural office. SP Karki said Sonam, who was arrested from the site was being questioned while the investigation was underway.
Meanwhile, the bomb disposal squad has defused another two IEDs found at Chauthe in Pokhara-14, and on the pavement in front of Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya in Naya Bazaar, Pokhara-8 today.
Bombs and IEDs have been traced at several places across the country today as Chand-led CPN has called nation-wide ‘Bandh’ in protest of the killing of Kumar Poudel, one of its senior members and Sarlahi district in-charge. Poudel was shot dead by police in Lalbandi Municipality on June 20.
Likewise, the parliamentary State Affairs and Good Governance Committee has also issued a directive to the government to investigate the killing of CPN Sarlahi in-charge.
Meanwhile, Pokhara has largely been affected by the ‘Bandh’ as roads and streets have deserted looks with only a few vehicles plying the roads today.