Shot fired at ex-minister Pun

Published On: November 13, 2017 07:21 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

ROLPA, Nov 13: An unidentified group has fired a shot targeting CPN (Maoist Center) leader and parliamentary candidate Barsha Man Pun during his poll campaign on Sunday. 

Former minister Pun, who was heading to Iriwang from Rangse in the district, was targeted near Dui Kholi River. In response, security forces deployed in his security fired eight rounds. Iriwang is the home village of secretary general of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Netra Bikram Chand. The group also pelted stones at the poll campaigning team, according to the security personnel.

Pun is scheduled to address a poll campaign at Thawang on Monday. Despite the incident, he participated in the rally in Iriwang. He is contesting in the upcoming parliamentary elections from Rolpa representing the left alliance. 

On Saturday Pun’s vehicle was ambushed at Bhittabang in the district. The vehicle sustained minor damage but none was injured.

Pun has already requested the government for the safety of candidates following the incident. Involvement of Chand-led NCP has been suspected in both the attacks.  

Another Maoist Center leader Janardan Sharma was also ambushed Friday. An explosive device was hurled toward Sharma’s vehicle at Goiri, Chaurjahari Municipality-8 of Rukum district. Sharma, a minister without portfolio, escaped unhurt.

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