A day after the Maoists joined the interim government, some of their local cadre allegedly issued an extortion note to the management of a higher secondary school in southern Nepal which was constructed with the Indian assistance.
The management of Khajuri Higher Secondary School of Dhanusha district on Monday received the extortion demand of Rs four lakh from the Maoists, failing which the rebels warned they would explode a bomb at the newly built school building, sources at the school claimed.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the school's management and the Indian embassy in November 2004 for the project and the Indian government had provided Rs 15 lakh for its construction.
The school management has informed the Indian embassy abou the incident. The embassy has asked the Nepalese government to provide security to the school.
The Nepalese government has assured the Indian embassy that necessary action will be taken in this regard, Gopal Wagley, Consuler Press and Information, told the agency.
Last year, the Maoists had extorted Rs 2.5 lakh from the contractor who built the school, which will be inaugurated in May.