Nepalese Finance Minister injured in Maoist attack

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Kathmandu, Apr 15 (UNI) Nepalese Finance Minister and elected member to the Constituent Assembly, Ram Sharan Mahat, was injured when a group of Maoists attacked him and his supporters in Dudhdevi VDC of Nuwakot.

''Seven other persons were also injured when 25 Maoists attacked them when Dr Mahat and his associates were returning home yesterday from a victory rally organised to mark his victory from Nuwakot-2,'' The Himalayan Times reported.

''Nepali Congress (NC) cadres Prahalad Phuyal and Umesh Karki, a police inspector and four minors were injured in the incident.

Dr Mahat, Phuyal and Karki sustained injuries in the head,''it said.

''I will see a doctor tomorrow to find out how serious the injury is,'' Dr Mahat said during a press conference at his residence.

The Maoist cadres pelted stones at them and attacked them with sickles.

Earlier, the Maoists also injured another NC cadre Shiv Dangol in Bidur, the district headquarters.

''Before the incident, the Maoists had torn off a few ballot papers in the election office to protest against my win,'' said Dr Mahat. He lamented that the Maoists continued with their excesses even after the polls.

''They threatened physical action against our cadres and did not let them vote freely; they have won majority seats because of intimidation and violent tactics,'' he added.

The attack on a senior leader came at a time the Maoists were leading the polls with 112 seats when the results of 211 seats was declared.

The NC was in the second place with 32 seats, the CPN-UML had 29 seats, Terai based regional party MJF had 19 seats and the remaining seats were won by other small parties.

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