Chand party warns of retaliation after government bans its criminal activities

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 14, 2019-

The Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal has said it will strongly retaliate if the government moves to suppress the party and its activities.

Issuing a statement on Wednesday, a day after the government decided to ban Chand outfit’s activities, calling them “criminal”, the party has also termed the move to curb its activities “ridiculous”.

The government branded the Chand-led CPN a criminal group and banned its activities on Tuesday following two blasts in the Capital in the span of two weeks. A man had died in the first blast, on February 22, in Nakkhu near the gate of head office of Ncell, a private sector mobile company, which has been the target of Chand party cadres in recent months. The second blast occurred at the residence of a foreign employment businessman in Basundhara on March 8.

The Chand party has owned up to both the blasts.

The government had said it decided to ban Chand party’s activities because they were more criminal than political and that they were unleashing terror among the general public and were becoming a security threat.

The Chand party had also stepped up its “donation” drive of late.  

Chand, who left the Maoist party that waged a decade-long war against the state in 2012, had formed his own party in 2014 to launch what it called “unified revolution”.

“We are ready to take the difficult journey for the principles that we believe in,” reads the statement. “We are ready to retaliate accordingly if the government attempts to suppress us.”

The Chand party in its statement has also said compradors “are using various state organs” for their vested interests but stopped short of identifying who these compradors are.

“Demanding donation is our right”, reads the statement, “because we are fighting for the rights and future of the people of the country”.

The party has in its statement also claimed responsibility for blasts at Arun-3 hydroelectricity project, residence of the Chairman of the Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies Rohan Gurung in Basundhara, Kathmandu and outside Ncell office in Nakkhu, Lalitpur.

On Tuesday night, hours after the government banned Chand outfit’s activities, a politburo member of the party had told the Post over phone that they would retaliate against the state action. “The government has thrown the country into a conflict,” Mohan Bahadur Karki of the Communist Party of Nepal told the post over Phone from an undisclosed location.


Published: 14-03-2019 12:55

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