A private radio station in western Nepal has been forced to shut down after Maoists cadres threatened to bomb it.
The Maoists, particularly its youth wing Young Communist League, has been accused by most of the political parties, including key coalition partner CPN(UML) and main Opposition party Nepali Congress, of resorting to intimidation and violence to push forward its agenda.
Radio Parbat, the only community radio operating in western district of Parbat, was shut down indefinitely after cadres of the ruling Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) threatened to bomb it, according to its staff.
"They telephoned us and threatened to bomb our office if we did not stop broadcasting," said Tulasi Ram Sharma, Vice Chairman of Rural Awareness Society that runs the private station.
A group of suspected Maoists cadres vandalised its office and warned of serious consequences soon after the former rebels staged a rally in front of the building.
Sharma said the Maoists have sent number of threats based on allegations that dismissed employees have not been provided remuneration. However, Maoist district secretariat member Bishnu Lamichhane denied the charges that it has issued threats to the radio station.