RUPANDEHI, March 30: Police on Friday tore down an office of the underground Netra Biram Chand-led group’s office in Butwal.
The house named as Red House was demolished after the party leaders went underground following a ban on their activities by the government. The building initially used by Rastriya Banijya Bank had been captured by former rebel Maoists. Of late, the Chand-led group was using the building as its district office.
After Chand’s cadres left the office to go underground, a group of police and bank officials removed the party’s flags and banners and padlocked the house. On Friday, police demolished the building that was occupied by political parties for the last 13 years.
Issuing a statement on Friday, Chand group warned the government not to construct any structure at the demolition site. “It will have serious consequences as the government forcefully provoked us by demolishing the office,” reads a press statement jointly issued by district in-charge Sharad Oli and district secretary Amar Singh.
The leaders said their attention has been seriously drawn after the police destroyed the party flag, sign board, banners, furniture and materials kept there. The group has urged the civil society organizations, human rights defenders and the media to raise voice against anti-freedom acts.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Dil Bahadur Malla, however, said the police were deployed to provide security as the government wanted to rebuild the house previously used by the Chand group.
Meanwhile, police in the district have expedited ‘Chand cadres arrest campaign’. Leaders and cadres affiliated to Chand’s outfit are being arrested on various charges. Police are watchful of their activities in the district and a large number of police have been deployed to arrest Chand himself.