Gorkha school shut as Maoist, NC cadres clash
GORKHA, JUN 11 -
A Masel-based higher secondary school here in the district has been shut for an indefinite period following clash es between activists of the UCPN (Maoist) and the Nepal Congress (NC).
The Bindrawati Higher Secondary School has been closed for the past three days following the clash between activists of the Maoist-affiliated All Nepal National Independent Students’ Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) and the NC-affiliated Nepal Students’ Union (NSU). Tension ran high in the area as the leaderships of both the parties are poised for retaliation. The district leaderships of both the parties blamed one another for attacking their activists and threatened to retaliate if the local administration failed to take strong action against the “guilty”.
A series of clash es broke out after NSU cadres reportedly fished out knives from the bags of ANNISU-R activists Binod Pandey and Gopal Baraili on Friday. Pandey and Baraili had gone to the school to expand the party’s organisation. The Maoist leadership claimed that the NC activists attacked and injured the duo while they were returning from the school. On the other hand, the NSU said in a statement that the Maoist activists thrashed its supporters Shital Gubhaju and Bishal Bagale the following day.
About 100 Maoist activists led by former lawmaker Amar Tamu reached the village on Saturday apparently to retaliate against the NC activists. Police seized 39 iron rods from them.
School headmaster Hiraman Shrestha said the school administration decided to close the school as the students’ clash took a nasty turn. He said an all-party meeting has been called for Tuesday to resolve the issue.
Posted on: 2012-06-11 08:33