Bomb attack on Nepal's mosque condemned

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Kathmandu, Mar 31: Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, leaders of various political parties, the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) and other organisations have condemned Saturday evening's attack on a mosque in the eastern town of Biratnagar which killed two people and critically injured two others.

Koirala told reporters at his Biratnagar residence that no matter how much the dastardly attack was condemned, it would still be less, and called upon the Muslim community in the country to exercise restraint in the aftermath of the incident. "The intention with which the attack was carried out, it would never be realised," Koirala said, adding that this incident might have also occurred because the mutual accord among the seven parties is gradually declining.

"This kind of violent incident will have no effect on the election to the Constituent Assembly," he claimed, adding that the guilty would be brought to justice soon.

Koirala also made it clear that if any group is discontented with the present developments then "the government is serious and committed to hold talks with them."

Meanwhile, CPN-Maoist Morang in-charge Puspa said the attack was carried out by royalist forces with an intention of derailing the Constituent Assembly (CA) election.

Similarly, Nepali Congress Morang District president Amrit Aryal said that the bomb explosion must have been carried out by those who are against the polls, demanding that the government take strong action against the perpetrator.

National Muslim Forum said that the attack on the mosque was carried out with an intention of creating communal tensions and urged the Muslim community to exercise restraint in this hour of sorrow.

Likewise, "I condemn in the strongest terms the bomb attack at a mosque at Sarauchiya in Biratnagar, and extend condolences to the families of those who died and to those who are injured. I have no doubt that this deliberate targeting of a place of religious worship will outrage Nepalis of all communities," UNMIN chief Ian Martin said in a statement.

He also called upon the authorities to ensure that the direct perpetrators and any others responsible for this crime are promptly identified and brought to justice.

Meanwhile, demonstrations and rallies were taken out in various eastern towns to protest the bomb explosion in the mosque on Sunday. Transportation service also came to a complete halt in Inaruwa and Duhabi of Sunsari District.

According to nepalnews.com, the curfew that was imposed in Biratnagar after the bomb explosion to avert communal tension has been lifted.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Home Affairs of Nepal, Ram Kumar Chaudhary said the government would further tighten security situation and would not be deterred by scattered incidents of violence.

Chaudhary told reporters in Biratnagar that sporadic attempts by 'royalist elements' would not derail the election.

He added that the Nepal Government had bolstered security across Terai region in the face of April 10 election.


ANI

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