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Saturday, July 6, 2013


Kathmandu, 7 July: One person was killed and five others were injured, monks, on nione bomb blasts at Bodhgaya Sunday morning across the border in Bihar, Indian television reports said.
A 10th bomb was recovered.
There was no damage to the Buddhist temple.
The federal home ministry has asked for a report from the state government.
Terrorist threats were received one month ago, a report said.
Kathmandu, 7 July: Dhirendra Yadav, who masterminded the 2012 jailbreak at the Jhumka-based Eastern Regional Prison, has claimed that some influential Nepali political leaders helped him, Madhav Ghimere/ Abadesh Jha write in The
Kathmandu Post from Supaul, India. ..
In his statement to the Indian police, Dhirendra said that he set “good relation” with the Nepali leaders through his accomplices when he was jailed in Nepal.
He named former home minister and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik leader Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, UCPN (Maoist) leader and former Peace Minister Janardan Sharma, CPN (Maoist) leader Matrika Yadav and former Minister Mrigendra Kumar Singh Yadav for “abetting” him. However, the leaders denied his claim outright.
Indian police arrested Dhirendra from Kataiya in Supaul district, Bihar, India, a week ago. Twelve jailbirds, including Bangladeshi national Subrata Bain and notorious Indian criminal Bambam Yadav, at the Jhumka prison doing their time in various criminal charges had burrowed their way out, digging a 30-metre tunnel on November 8 last year. Police in Nepal said Dhirendra masterminded the incident. He was on the police’s most wanted list both in Nepal and India for his involvement in numerous criminal activities in both the countries.
In his statement to the police, Dhirendra claimed that with the help of the Nepali leaders he was able to be shifted to Jhumka prison which is close to the Nepal-India border from the highly guarded Central Jail in Kathmandu. “I spent some money for the prison transfer,” he said.
The Indian police handed over the statement with video footage to Nepal Police. The Indian police source said that Nepal Police asked them to keep Dhirendra’s statement secret saying that it could create “political problems” in Nepal.
“We took his statement about his crimes committed in India. During the statement, he [Dhirendra] named some Nepali leaders. We have informed Nepal Police about it,” said Manoj Ram, DSP at Birpur of Supaul district in Bihar.
When asked, Gachhadar said that Dhirendra’s claim was baseless. “Nobody approached me with the recommendation to help him,” he said, adding that the ministry does not have any role in transferring the inmates.
However, Matrika Yadav admitted that Dhirendra had contacted him through his ‘man’ of Sunsari. He said the criminal urged him for his transfer from the Central Jail on the condition of returning an AK47 that was taken away by Matrika’s driver some five years ago. “I told his man to first return the weapon then we could talk about it later,” said Matrika.

Kathmandu, 7 July: Apparently impressed by an influx of leaders and cadres from other parties, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal wants to convert his party into a mass-based political entity, The Kathmandu Post writes..
In his political document to be presented at the party’s plenum scheduled to begin on July 19, Dahal, according to leaders, has proposed converting the cadre-based party into a mass-based force. Dahal’s proposal is likely to trigger a fresh debate as there are divergent views regarding how the party should be constituted.
Some say that converting the UCPN (M) into a mass-based party will erode its communist ideals, while others argue that it is natural as they are going to create a new communist party in Nepal.
However, the management of cadres in terms of their survival and allocating party responsibilities to them has been disputed. Many of the party cadres have already defected expressing reservations about the organisational and ideological differences.
“Though the party represents the proletariat class, we want to convert it to a mass-based force,” said party spokesman Agni Sapkota. Several leaders, however, say the party should retain its cadre-based structure.
In the recent months, the UCPN (M) is getting leaders and cadres from other parties, as well as many “apolitical” individuals.
The party is mulling over holding a special general convention after the Constituent Assembly polls if the plenum fails to resolve the organisational dispute.
“Discussions are under way at the top level for holding a special general convention for settling the dispute,” said Sapkota. The party held its general convention after 22 years in February. The party is struggling to form a number of committees ever since.
The intra-party bickering aggravated after one of its vice-chairmen, Baburam Bhattarai, gave up his post last week. The party is still undecided on how to fill the vacant positions in the party.
Bhattarai reasons that he stepped down to initiate a practice of sacrifice in the party and to resolve the dispute regarding appointments to the party committees. But his move has only complicated the matter.



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