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Bandarmudhe incident the ‘greatest mistake’ : Prachand

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CHITWAN — CPN (Maoist Center) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal has once again called the Bandarmudhe incident the ‘greatest mistake’ made during the people’s war (decade-long armed conflict) between the government and the then CPN-Maoist.

The Maoist Supremo said during an interaction programme organised by the Bandarmudhe Support Committee here today that he held the moral and political responsibility to work for the relief of the survivors.

“Now the country has a strong government and it provides a ground for implementing the past agreements reached with the survivors,” he said, adding that works were on progress to enforce the three-point agreement he signed with the survivors during the recent election campaign.

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He made it clear that there is no debate regarding the decision of the erstwhile government to give the status of martyrs to those killed in the Bandarmudhe blast. The Maoist Center Chair pledged to come up with programmes of relief for the survivors.

As many as 38 people had lost their lives while 72 were left mutilated in a bomb blast on a passenger bus on June 6, 2005. The bus had come under an electric ambush placed by the then rebelling CPN Maoist at Bandarmudhe of Chitwan.

On the occasion, Bandarmudhe Victims’ Struggle Committee chair Mukti Neupanne, and members Maina Lamichhane and Bishwanath Poudel demanded free treatment to those injured who have been living with the effects of blast and clear information about relief assistance raised in the name of Bandarmudhe survivors.

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Meantime, during his interactions with people’s representatives at Madi earlier today, leader Dahal who is also the federal parliament member from here (Chitwan 3) said the Chitwan National Park had proved a ‘curse’ for the Chitwan folks. The former Prime Minister assured of his initiations to amend the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act- 1973 (2029 BS).

He underlined the need of amending the act to provide justice to the Chitwan people.

Madi Municipality mayor Thakur Dhakal, deputy mayor Tara Kumari Mahato, CPN (UML) town in-charge Naradmani Poudel and District Coordination Committee member Chudamani Mahato apprised Dahal about local problems.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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