Nepal Constituent Assembly is a 'weapons-free' zone, says Nemwang

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Kathmandu, Sept 27 : Nepal Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nemwang has said that the Constituent Assembly area was 'weapons-free' zone, and no Assembly member needed to bring in bodyguards.

"Considering its sensitivity, the government has taken up the responsibility of providing security to Constituent Assembly," Nemwang said.

He made the statement at Constituent Assembly meeting on Friday, after Nepali Congress (NC) obstructed Assembly proceedings demanding investigation into reports that some Maoist members were bringing in armed bodyguards here.

He said that Home Minister will soon clarify the situation.

Earlier, Nepali Congress leaders Arjun Prasad Joshi and Shobhakhar Parajuli said that some Maoist cadres were entering parliament with AK-47 weapons registered by the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), even after formation of the government under their leadership.

They also called it as rehearsal to impose their dictatorial rule and influence the Constituent Assembly proceedings during the Constitution writing process.

On Monday, police personnel at the third gate of the ICC had tried to stop a Maoist cadre possessing arms from entering parliament but failed, Nepalnews reported.

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