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Nepal turmoil exploited

Ecstasy turned into agony for Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) leader Gokarna Bista when he was attacked outside his Kathmandu residence on Monday soon after Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal included him and 11 others in his cabinet.

world Updated: Apr 13, 2011 01:20 IST
Utpal Parashar

Ecstasy turned into agony for Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) leader Gokarna Bista when he was attacked outside his Kathmandu residence on Monday soon after Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal included him and 11 others in his cabinet.

Bista was lucky. He escaped with injuries.

But Anjani Kumar Chachan, a Marwari businessman from Rajasthan who had been residing in Kathmandu for two decades, was not. He was shot dead inside his garment warehouse on Sunday evening.

Both incidents are indicative of rising lawlessness in Nepal’s capital as well as in other parts where kidnappings for ransom and extortion have become commonplace.

Last month, an Indian criminal fired shots at Yunus Ansari, a Nepali politician-cum-businessman.

“Law and order situation in Nepal is in a shambles. People are terrorized and attacks on ministers raise doubts whether a government is in place or not,” said Nepali Congress leader Gopal Man Shrestha.

A flustered Khanal announced on Tuesday that those responsible for the attack on Bista would be brought to book soon.