Nepal industry bigwigs accuse parties of force
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 15:30
Kathmandu: As the Maoists prepare to intensify their anti-government agitation, Nepalese industry bigwigs have alleged that the party is forcing businessmen to fill its coffers, a charge denied by the party.

The Prachanda-led Maoists have said they would intensify street protests to topple the government if it refused to heed its demands by May 1.

Surendra Malakar, president of Nepal Chamber of Commerce claimed businessmen and industrialists have been threatened by a "forcible donation drive" launched by the Maoists.

"We were ready to give donation as per our capacity, but we are opposed to forceful donation drive," he told.

The Maoists are said to have asked money from Rs 100,000 to five million per businessman, a source said.

B L Mittal, a reputed businessman of Kathmandu, said the donation drive has become a fresh nightmare for businessmen who have already received threats from different armed groups.

The CPN-Maoists have however denied that they were forcing anyone to donate money to their party.

Officials of the Golcha Group of Organisations said their offices were allegedly vandalised yesterday after they refused to pay donation asked by the Maoists.

"They have demanded Rs 5 million from us," said Diwakar Golchha, a renowned industrialist and also a member of the Constituent Assembly.

Security was also tightened for various businessmen after they complained of threats from Maoist cadres.

President of Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) Kush Kumar Joshi said the business community is terrorised.

The Maoists, who have allegedly taken over some private properties to temporarily house thousands of their cadres who have travelled from all over the country to take part in the mass agitation, have also reportedly asked the business community to arrange.

The Maoists have said they would launch an indefinite strike from May 2 if the government does not resign by May 1, when the party was planning a massive rally in the capital.

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in Kathmandu in the wake of the announcement of intensified agitation by the Maoists.

Home Ministry has changed the police chief of Kathmandu and more policemen have been deployed in key areas ahead of the Maoist agitation.


First Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 15:30

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