DDC men abducted; blasts at RCCC chief’s houses

Jhapa, February 15:

Maoists have abducted two Jhapa District Development Committee (DDC) members.

Ashok Subba, a resident of Bahundangi VDC-2, was kidnapped on Monday night while Gyan Bahadur Magar of Shantinagar VDC-1 was abducted last evening.

The Maoists also forced the two to resign from their posts, sources said.

The two were taken taken away on the pretext of “interrogation,” family sources said.

The wives of the two adducted persons, Shanta ( Subba’s wife) and Ambika ( Magar’s wife), have urged local human rights organisations to work for the safe release of their husbands.

Issuing a joint statement, Nepal Bar Association Jhapa, the Nepal Human Rights Organisation and the Human Rights Committee have urged the Maoists to release the abducted DDC officials unconditionally.

Meanwhile, the Maoists detonated powerful bombs at the houses of Bhakta Bahadur Koirala, chairman of the dissolved Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC), at Arjundhara VDC-9, in Jhapa district last night.

The houses were completely destroyed in the explosions, which took place just a day after the dissolution of the RCCC by the Supreme Court.

According to Suraj Bimali, a local, a group of over two dozen armed Maoists forced the housekeeper’s family out before setting off the bombs.

Confirming the incident, inspector Rajendra Bahadur Basnet of the Area Police Office, Birtamod, said the Maoists had detonated the bombs at 9: 25 pm last night.

Meanwhile, Maoists set ablaze a truck at Simaltal on Narayangarh-Muglin road section last night.

“The Maoists forced the driver and other helpers of the truck out before setting it on fire,” eyewitnesses said. The truck was heading for Mungling and was loaded with coals.