BJP denies allegation

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has condemned the Maoists’ allegation about the party’s and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s involvement in the ongoing unrest in Nepal’s Terai region. BJP national spokesperson Prakash Jawedkar, speaking at a press conference here Delhi on Saturday, said, “There is no proof behind the allegation of the involvement of BJP or RSS hand in the Terai unrest. We don’t have a policy of intervening in the internal affairs of other countries. As the Maoists are losing public support, they are accusing the BJP and RSS.” Senior Maoist leader CP Gajurel had blamed the royal palace and Indian Hindu extremists for the ongoing unrest in Nepal’s Terai. — HNS

SC notice on arrest

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Sunday issued show cause notices to government authorities on a petition seeking former Minister Salim Miya Ansari’s release. Ansari had been arrested for fuelling unrest in the Terai region. Responding to the habeas corpus petition filed on Friday by Ansari’s aide Mahendra Prasad, a single bench of Justice Sharada Prasad Pundit directed the authorities — the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet, the Home Ministry and Kathmandu CDO Thaneshwor Devkota — to furnish written explanations within three days. — HNS

UML meet tomorrow

KATHMANDU: The CPN-UML on Sunday decided to call an emergency meeting of its central committee on Tuesday to discuss the current political development following the Terai unrest. UML standing committee member Amrit Kumar Bohara said a meeting of central leaders in the capital on Sunday decided to hold the meeting to explore ways to resolve the Terai unrest. — HNS

PM’s effigies burnt

Rajbiraj: Agitators from rural areas, demanding the government look into the Madhesi people’s demands, burnt effigies of PM Girija Prasad Koirala at Jana Andolan Chowk on Sunday. Meanwhile, all government offices are still closed after agitators padlocked them on Friday. Last night, cadres of the Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (Goit group) torched documents at the District Education Office (Saptari). — HNS

Police posts displaced

Itahari: Seven police posts in Sunsari have been displaced after the Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (Jwala Singh) issued threats. Police posts at Madhuban, Laukahi, Kaptangunj, Sahebgunj, Bhokraha, Bhutaha and Amduwa were displaced due to JTMM threats after the clash in Inaruwa on Thursday, chief of the Sunsari District Police Office (DPO), Yadavraj Khanal, said. — HNS

NT office padlocked

Lamjung: The locals of Bhoteodar and Sundarbazaar padlocked the office of Nepal Telecom (NT) here on Sunday. Some 150 locals told the NT staffers to come out and padlocked the office. “The office was padlocked to pressurise the NT for immediate installation of wires in Bhoteodar and Sundarbazaar,” chairperson of the Bhoteodar Chambers of Commerce and Industries unit Kedar Thapa said. — HNS