Maoists seeks probe into alleged threatening of its leader

Nepal`s Maoists have sought a probe into allegations that an official at the Indian embassy had threatened its lawmaker.

Kathmandu: Nepal`s Maoists have sought a
probe into allegations that an official at the Indian embassy
here had threatened its lawmaker.

Ram Kumar Sharma, who joined the United CPN-Maoist after
quitting Terai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) about a year
ago, had alleged that an Indian embassy staffer threatened to
abduct him for seeking the support of Madeshi based parties
for Maoist supremo Prachanda who is a candidate in the race
for prime ministership.

The Maoists lawmaker also claimed that the Indian
official warned that his daughter would be expelled from the
embassy-run Kendriya Vidyalaya, according to a report in the
myrepublica online, the news website of Republica newspaper.

However, Indian embassy spokesperson Apoorva Srivastav
has dismissed the allegations as "baseless and irresponsible".

"The embassy does not dignify such baseless and
irresponsible allegation," Srivastav was quoted as saying in
the Nepali daily.

"The party`s serious attention was drawn to the issue,"
Maoist vice-chairman Narayankaji Shrestha said after the
meeting of the party office bearers here yesterday.

Senior United Marxist Leninists` Leader C P Gajurel said
his party would investigate into the issue and write to the
Indian Government to call back the consular if he refuses to

The allegations were splashed in the media after a
Nepali private television channel on Friday night held a
nearly hour-long interview with Sharma.

Sharma, who has been active in getting the support of
Madhes-based parties for the Maoists supremo Prachanda,
claimed the embassy staffer asked him to "rethink" about his
decision to join the Maoists, the report said.

"Leave the matter of diplomat. I can do whatever I want
to you," Sharma quoted the embassy staffer as saying.


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