Kathmandu: Unidentified bike-borne gunmen on Friday shot and seriously injured a CPN-UML candidate in southern Nepal, ahead of the November 19 Constituent Assembly polls in the country.
Mohammad Alam, a candidate of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, was in critical condition after being shot in the head by two unidentified men in Bara district, police said.
Alam has been admitted to TU Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, police said, adding no one has claimed responsibility for the attack and investigations are on.
The attack comes a day after candidates from different political parties registered their candidates in 240 election constituencies across Nepal yesterday.
Meanwhile, irate?cadres of the CPN-UML called vehicular strike in Parwanipur area of the Bara district in protest against the attack and demanded strong action against the perpetrators.
Senior UML leader and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, with other senior leaders of the party, visited the hospital to enquired about Alam`s condition.
All major parties, including the centrist Unified Marxist-Leninist, the Nepali Congress and the radical Maoists, have fielded candidates in the polls expected on November 19.