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Biplav makes strong presence in Kathmandu with several blasts

By Our Reporter
Netra Bikram Chand Biplav, whose party was banned by the two-thirds majority government led by KP Sharma Oli, had suddenly shown its strength by exploding several bombs in Kathmandu and Patan on Sunday evening and imposing a general strike across the country.
Four cadres of the group died when the bombs they were planting or carrying went off all of a sudden.
Four persons were killed and six others were injured in the two explosions at Ghattekulo and Sukedhara of Kathmandu.
Three persons died in the spot while one breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Om Hospital in Chabahil. One of them was killed in Ghattekulo and three in Sukedhara blasts.
Prajwal Shahi died and Rabin KC sustained injuries in the Ghattekulo blast while barber Chhotu Thakur, 56, and two others died in Sukedhara .
It was a big irony that the intelligence failed to receive any information about the blast until the several bombs went off, with one in Ghattekulo, just a few metres away from Singh Durbar.
Even the government did not make any comments on the blasts on Sunday.
Only a day after the blast Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli condemned the blasts while addressing a function of the National Human Rights Commission.
He said that the violence perpetrated by the Biplav-led group was just a terrorist act to raise money and the groups did not have any political demand.
Likewise, a pressure cooker bomb went off at Itabhatta Chowk in Chandragiiri Municipality-3 and another cooker bomb was found in Lagankhel, Lalitpur district Sunday night.
The police arrested 15 persons, seven of them from Narephant, after the blasts. Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal told the Parliament that the four persons were killed in the series of explosions were not civilians, but were the cadres of the banned group.

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