May 29, 2019 08:56 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, May 29: Three members of the outlawed Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) including the Rautahat District in-charge of the outfit have surrendered to police on Tuesday.
According to the officials from the Metropolitan Police Range Office (MPRO), Lalitpur, Rautahat in-charge Shankar Adhikari, and two members, Sanjeev Karki and Devraj Ghimire surrendered to the police on Tuesday and said they have decided to quit the Maoist outfit. Adhikari is also the former husband of Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar.
The trio was earlier arrested after the police launched a crackdown on the outfit in March after the government outlawed it. The outfit was outlawed on March 12 after it carried out bomb blasts at Ncell head office in Lalitpur. But they challenged their arrest and the Lalitpur district court ordered their release.
On Tuesday, the trio reached the District Administration Office, Lalitpur to inform about their decision to quit the outfit. They said they could not support the outfit’s decision to carry out bomb blasts.
According to the chief district officer of Laitpur, Prem Raj Joshi the trio has renounced all forms of allegiance to the outfit.
The group had called a general shutdown for Monday. While the strikes called by the outfit would not be taken seriously in the recent months, Monday’s strike turned out to be more effective due to the fear generated by a series of IED blasts involving the outfit on Sunday evening. Four members of the outfit were killed and several injured in the blasts in the capital.