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Prachanda responds on Koteshwore incident

Posted by Mike E on May 18, 2008

Anti-Maoist forces are circulating this picture — showing Ramhari Shrestha (encircled) hosting a dinner for Maoist leaders Prachanda and Bhattarai.

Prachanda cautions against giving political colour to Koteshwore incident

Maoist chairman Prachanda has issued a statement cautioning all concerned against giving ‘political colour’ and permitting ‘fishing in troubled waters’ regarding the incident of killing of a local trader of Koteshwore. Prachanda has expressed deepest condolences to the family of Ramhari Shrestha, who was killed by some Maoist cadres a few days ago. Shrestha, who was a Maoist sympathizer, was reportedly killed by some Maoist cadres after abducting him under accusations that he stole their money.

In the statement, Prachanda has said his party had initiated investigation over the killing. Rejecting any institutional hand of Maoist party or People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the incident, Prachanda said his party was willing to cooperate with police investigation to take action against the culprits. “We are shocked by his killing by conspiracy of some selfish elements that had infiltrated our party,” he states in the statement.

Meanwhile, relatives of Shrestha and local resident of Koteshwore have continued agitation protesting the killing. They have started agitation since Friday and on Sunday, too, they have blocked traffic movement in and around Koteshwore. They are also preparing to submit a memo to Prime Minister demanding action against the killers

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