Saturday, December 5, 2009

Prachanda compares Kailali incident with Panchayat suppression; 'Nepal bandh'on Sunday

Unified CPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda has likened Friday's Kailali incident with political suppression during the partyless Panchayat era.

Addressing a function at Trichandra Campus in Kathmandu Saturday, Dahal said the government was inviting political confrontation and bloodshed in the country by resorting to brutal suppression on landless squatters. He also demanded fair investigation into the incident to bring the culprits to justice.

The Maoist chairman further said some parties were in a mission to dissolve the constituent assembly on fear that new constitution of Nepal would be pro-communist. He also accused other parties of deliberately delaying the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants.

During the clash between police personnel and thousands of landless squatters in Dudejhadi jungle, Kailali, at least seven people were killed and dozens injured. Police said they were forced to open fire as the squatters, who had constructed huts in the jungle, refused to follow the evacuation orders.

Meanwhile, the Unified CPN (Maoist) has announced nationwide general strike (bandh) on Sunday in protest against the police action in Kailali.

Issuing a statement, the United People's Movement Nepal of the Maoist party called upon all to join the protest. The party is to organise torch processions Saturday evening and nationwide bandh tomorrow

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