Sindhuli fracas probe gets underway

KATHMANDU: Home Minister Bhim Rawal today said the government had launched a probe into the fracas between the CPN-UML and YCL cadres that occurred at Jhangajhuli in Sindhuli on January 29.

Few persons were injured in the clash on that day. Addressing the House, Minister Rawal said, "The Unified CPN-Maoist affiliated Young Communist League had submitted one pistol, six round fire-bullets and few homemade weapons to the police claiming that they were found from the vehicles used by CPN-UML leaders."

"The government is probing the case and has instructed the security bodies to bring the culprits to books," he added.

Minister Rawal had addressed the House following yesterday's ruling of Speaker Subas Chandra Nembang to clarify the House on the same. The UCPN-M lawmakers had threatened to disrupt the House proceedings until the minister gave his clarification on the matter. The Speaker also drew attention of the government over the incidents surfaced during the ongoing South Asian Games in Bangladesh.

Earlier, lawmaker Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani asked the government to clarify on the incidents at the games. Lohani said, "Nepal's flag was hoisted upside down, old national anthem was recited and Nepal's players clashed with each other there. It is shameful and the government should clarify on this."