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Maoists torch house, kidnap family in capital
« on: February 20, 2007, 03:22:21 AM »
KATHMANDU, Feb 18 - Hundreds of Maoist cadres on Sunday afternoon burnt down a house and kidnapped three of family members from Jorpati in the capital. The area remained tense until late evening as Maoists cadres affiliated to All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF) targeted police personnel who reached the incident site with bricks, spears and iron rods.

Police officials, quoting one of the arrested, said some 400 garment industry workers had reached the site and torched the one-storied building belonging to Nani Bahadur Karki at Naya Basti area of Jorpati VDC at about 4 pm Sunday. Irate demonstrators beat up the Karki couple before setting ablaze all the belongings in the house including a motorcycle.

According to police sources, Maoist cadres kidnapped three people including the Karki couple, alleging that they were behind the murder of one Nawa Raj Bajgain some two months ago. Late Bajgain is the relative of Badri Bajgain, central vice-president of ANTUF.

Sources close to the Karki family said they had been living in the house of their kin at New Baneshwor for fear of Maoist assault. They had reached the house at about 3:30 pm this afternoon to take some household goods. Arms-wielding Maoist cadres pounced upon the Karki couple who were about to leave the house on a two-wheeler.

The mob dispersed at about 4:30 pm after a police team led by Bishnu Prasad Parajuli reached the incident site. Unruly agitators had even targeted police personnel with bricks, khukuris and spears. The same group had set the house on fire after the police team returned at about 5 pm. The house was almost destroyed by the time a fire engine reached the site.

Nawa Raj Bajgain, 17, was found dead near his house at Arubari on November 16 last year. Accusing the Karki family of murdering the teenager, the Bajgain family along with ANTUF members and residents of Naya Basti area of Jorpati had staged a series of protests demanding that the truth of the alleged murder be brought out.

Later, the family had filed a murder case at Kathmandu District Court, accusing Yagna Karki, Ranju Karki, Ranjit Karki and Laxmi Karki of involving in the murder. However, the court had released them on simple date some one month ago as there was no evidence to support the charge.

Deceased Bajgain was reportedly in love with a daughter of the abducted Karki. On November 12, the girl's family members had reportedly beaten up Bajgain accusing him of teasing the girl. However, the incident was settled on November 14 at the community level after the boy agreed not to interfere in the girl's life.

According to DSP Mahesh Bikram Shah, chief of Metropolitan Circle Office, Boudhha, police has taken five people including a woman in their control.

Talking to the Post, Karan, Maoist-in charge in Jorpati area, said they have taken three people in their captivity after they found locals beating them. He said that Maoist would carry out separate investigation on the murder case before setting them free. He, however, expressed ignorance about the arson and vandalism at Karki's house in the area.
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