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    Govt won’t spare assailants: Sitaula

     -  The Kathmandu Post

    Aug 17 2007 - The government on Thursday said it will not spare Maoist cadres who attempted to immolate lawmaker Som Prasad Pandey inside his car and attacked students in Thapathali College hostel.
    Speaking at the parliament meeting on Thursday, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula said the people involved in "criminal" activities will not be spared irrespective of their party allegiance and political ideology.

    "Attack on MP Pandey is an attack on entire parliamentarians and the government strongly condemns it," said Sitaula.

    Sitaula said that one Sijan Thapa has been arrested so far for his involvement in attacking the lawmaker's vehicle and search was on to arrest rest of the assailants. He informed that the police arrested 46 people for marching on the streets in combat fatigues on Tuesday, and four others for the violent attack on engineering students at Thapathali hostel.

    Sitaula also urged the organizers (the Maoists) to be serious while announcing "such types of programs" and make public their official statement immediately. "We are in a coalition government and it is the responsibility of all of us to contribute to maintaining law and order," said Sitaula.

    Sitaula said the activities carried out by the Maoist's sister organizations would eventually affect the Constituent Assembly election scheduled for November 22. "No one should try to defer, avert and foil the election now," he added.

    Earlier, lawmakers strongly criticized the Maoist activists' attempt to burn Pandey alive in his car. They also termed the act as "brutal and criminal" and demanded an immediate probe into the incident to bring the culprits to book. "It is an attack on democracy and an attempt to derail the polls," said Parashu Ram Meghi Gurung of CPN-UML.

    Another UML lawmaker, Pradip Gyawali, said the YCL activities, if not controlled in time, will lead to the collapse of the Maoist party. Jagannath Khatiwada of the same party said the Maoist anarchism was an outcome of the special privilege given to them [by the state]. "Their activities are ultimately serving the king's interests," he argued. Lal Babu Pandit of the same party demanded that the culprits be charged for attempted murder.

    Hitkaji Gurung (UML), Krishna Kishor Ghimire (NC-D), Krishna Kumari Shrestha(NC), Ram Kumar Choudhari (NC), Dr Ganga Dhar Lamsal (NC) and Shankar Prasad Pandey (NC)also criticized the Maoists' act and demanded strong action against the people involved.

    Purna Bahadur Khadka of Nepali Congress (Democratic) urged the Maoists to take control over activities of its sister organizations.

    Lila Mani Pokharel of People's Front Nepal argued that there was infiltration of reactionaries in Young Communist League and Nepal Student Union's latest protest programs. "A person who rode his motorcycle from here to Dolakha to assault a Chief District Officer was found active in NSU protest as well," said Pokharel.

    Nava Raj Subedi and Dila Ram Acharya of PFN and Narayan Man Bijukchhe of Nepal Workers and Peasants Party also condemned the attack on lawmaker Pandey.

    Narrating his personal account in the House, Pandey said he narrowly escaped death by taking off his burning coat and

    jumping out of his car. He said he was taking his car to the parking lot as demanded by the protestors.

    Maoist lawmakers also regretted the incident and said they were ready to commission an independent probe. "It's a serious incident and we will not spare even our cadres if they are found guilty," said Janardan Sharma, a Maoist lawmaker.

    Another Maoist lawmaker Salik Ram Jammakattel warned the parties not to try to eliminate Maoists just because of one unfortunate incident.

    Source : The Kathmandu Post
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