NDA renews threat to Christians

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Defence Army - the outfit which had claimed responsibility for the blast at the Assumption Church several weeks ago -- has allegedly been issuing threats to the Christian community in the valley to leave the country within a month.

"We have received written and verbal threats from the Nepal Defence Army. They have warned of attack against our community," said one of the leaders of the community, requesting anonymity. He claimed that Ram Prasad Mainali, the leader of the outfit, and his aides have been threatening them since the last three weeks.

Stating that they were finding it difficult to tackle the issue, he said that the security forces could track the culprits if they traced phone call records. Gyaneshwor and Patan churches have already reported such threats.

The outfit has reportedly asked for support to declare Nepal a Hindu kingdom. A church member claimed that the NDA has asked them to meet for dialogues in India next Monday.

Besides, the NDA has reportedly demanded Rs 7.5 million from the Christian Communities. Following the threat, security personnel have been deployed at major churches in the valley.

In the first-ever such incident, two persons were killed and several others injured in the blast at Assumption Church at Bhanimandal of Lalitpur district. Later, a woman belonging to the group was arrested.