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Maoist attack: Nepal blames Indian Oppn

The King's advisor also made clear that the opinion was only his and not that of the King.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 18:25 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Nepal's King Gyanendra's advisor has blamed the Indian Opposition for the recent Maoist attacks in Kathmandu that resulted in the death of 12 policemen.

General JB Rana, who was the Chief of the Royal Nepalese Army from 1988 to 1991, has said that Saturday's attacks on the two police posts in Kathmandu were due to the understanding reached between the guerrillas and the Opposition parties in New Delhi.

Rana also accused India of practising double standards by cracking down on Indian Maoists but nurturing Nepal's guerrillas.

Maoists and leaders of the Opposition parties had met in New Delhi last October.

Rana said that the security situation in Nepal had improved after King Gyanendra seized power with the help of the army last year.

"The attacks could take place because of the tour to Delhi," Rana added, defending the indefinite curfew and ban on demonstrations imposed by the Government on Monday.

Rana also specified that the opinion was his personal one and not the King's.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 17:40 IST