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Maoists ask Indian embassy to take action against staffer

Nepal Maoists on Tuesday asked the Indian embassy here to take action against its staffer accused of threatening its party lawmaker, even as the mission earlier dismissed it as "baseless and irresponsible allegation".



Kathmandu: Nepal Maoists on Tuesday asked the
Indian embassy here to take action against its staffer accused
of threatening its party lawmaker, even as the mission earlier
dismissed it as "baseless and irresponsible allegation".

Nepal`s main opposition party today sent a memorandum
to the Indian Embassy demanding action against consular Subrat
Das for allegedly threatening Ram Kumar Sharma, ahead of the
key voting in Parliament for a new Prime Minister on August 6.
UCPN-Maoist has asked Das to apologise and wants him
declared persona non grata.

Sharma, who joined the United CPN-Maoist after
quitting Terai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) about a year
ago, had told a private television channel that he had been
threatened by Das ahead of the fourth round of voting in the
parliament to elect a new Prime Minister.

He also alleged that the Indian official threatened to
abduct him and warned that his daughter would be expelled from
the embassy-run Kendriya Vidyalaya

The issue has sparked a political row in Nepal with a
parliamentary panel last week summoning Prime Minister Madhav
Kumar Nepal and Foreign Minister Sujatha Koirala to give
clarification.
Koirala told Parliamentary Committee on Foreign
Relations and Human Rights last week that her ministry has
started a probe into the allegations. The foreign minister
also told the panel that she had received a response from the
Indian Embassy in writing, saying that the allegations were
baseless and irresponsible.

Caretaker Prime Minister Nepal did not appear before
the Parliamentary committee, saying the Foreign Minister`s
response would be sufficient in the matter.

Earlier, the allegations have been rubbished by the
Indian embassy. Spokesperson Apoorva Srivastav had dismissed
the allegations as "baseless and irresponsible".

"The embassy does not dignify such baseless and
irresponsible allegation," Srivastav said.

The Nepal Maoists, who ended their decade-long civil
war in 2006, have often accused India of interfering in the
country`s domestic affairs and blamed New Delhi for the
present political crisis.

PTI

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