Less than 2 weeks after Embassy blast, explosion at India-built power project in Nepal
In what could be an alarming incident for New Delhi inside a month, another bomb exploded at a location in Nepal having an India connection, on Sunday, April 29.
The explosion took place at the office of a hydroelectricity project which India is helping to build in eastern Nepal and is due to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a few weeks, official sources said.
The Arun III project was targeted by unidentified men earlier on Sunday, chief district officer of eastern Nepal's Sankhuwasabha Shiva Raj Joshi said, reports said. The wall of the building was damaged, they added. Nobody was injured in the blast and a probe was launched, the official added.
The targeted office of Arun III Hydroelectric Power Plant, a 900 MW project, is located in Khandbari-9, Tumlingtar, nearly 500 kilometres from Nepal's capital Kathmandu. The project is said to begin operation in 2020.
On April 17, a pressure cooker bomb went off near the field office of the Indian Embassy in Biratnagar on April 17, leaving an impact on the premises' wall.
Preparations were going on for laying the project's foundation stone by Modi during his trip to Nepal on May 11, PTI reported.
Nobody claimed responsibility for the blast, the official also added.