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Maoists deny role in doctor's abduction

world Updated: May 28, 2010 22:00 IST
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The Nepalese Maoists have termed as baseless a news report about their involvement in the abduction of a top doctor of a prestigious cancer hospital.

"The news report published by the local media is ill-intended and baseless," the party said in a statement.

The party has denounced such media report adding that it was maliciously intended to defame the party's leaders.

Executive Director of BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital Dr Bhakta Man Shrestha, has been missing for the last 10 days. Republica, an English daily has claimed that he has been in the Maoist captivity.

Meanwhile, the Maoist cadres have torched copies of Republica and Nagarik dailies at two places outside Kathmandu for publishing the news reports.

All the hospitals in southern Nepal's Chitawan district have halted all their services for more than a week to exert pressure for his safer release.

It now appears that Shrestha was abducted over differences with party general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa over the issue of financial dealings with the party, the daily claimed.

Thapa, according to sources, wanted his man to succeed Shrestha but his term was likely to be extended as he has strong hold over the hospital board of directors and the Health Ministry cannot overrule the recommendation by the board according to regulations.

Shrestha, who was appointed executive director by the then Maoist-led government and has been associated with the party since insurgency, had just two months remaining in his tenure.

Meanwhile, the Unified CPN-Maoist has formed a three-member investigation committee to probe into the incident.

Maoist standing committee member Amik Serchan who heads the committee told media that the issue will be thoroughly investigated and whoever is guilty would be revealed.

Meanwhile, Federation of Nepalese Journalists has deplored the Maoists' act of burning the newspapers.