Most Chand outfit leaders, cadres out on bail: Police

April 9, 2019 08:06 AM Biken K Dawadi


KATHMANDU, April 9: Officials at Nepal Police Headquarters have claimed that a majority of leaders and cadres of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) who have been arrested to date are either out on bail or were released after interrogations. 

According to pokesperson of Nepal Police Headquarters Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Uttam Raj Subedi, 338  out of the 579 arrested since mid-April  last year   were brought to court and a majority of these  released on bail. “In addition, 135 others were released after simple interrogations,” he said.

Police  arrested 579 leaders and cadres of the Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) since mid-April 2018. There has been a crackdown on the outfit since the government decided on March 12  to restrict its activities . 

According to  data maintained by  Police Headquarters, 61 leaders and cadres of the outfit were arrested between mid-April and mid-May, 61 between mid-May and  mid-June, 52 between mid-June and mid-July, 48 between mid-July and mid-August, 42 between mid-August and mid-September, 33 between mid-September and mid-October, 2 between mid-October and mid-November, 4 between mid-November and mid-December, 12 between mid-December and mid-January, 23 between mid-January and mid-February, 97 between mid-February and mid-March, and 144 since mid-March. 

The headquarters said the spike in arrests since February came after the government’s restrictions on the outfit. “Since the bomb blast [carried out by the outfit] and the imposition of restrictions,  police have taken an aggressive approach,” SSP Subedi said. 

Police Headquarters  said a majority of those brought to  court have been released on bail, but some  face jail time. “In some cases, the court has extended the deadline for  interrogations,”  Subedi said.
He added that of the 97 arrested between mid-February and mid-March, 55 have been released after interrogations and 42 remain in police custody. Of the 144 leaders and cadres of the party arrested since mid-March, 80 were released after interrogations.


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