Nepal Police arrest `army personnel` of little-known group
Last Updated: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 00:30
Kathmandu: Nepal Police on Friday arrested a group of 16 people in combat dress claiming to be part of an 'army' of a little-known party in the country.

The group, wearing combat dress, belonged to little-known Rastriya Samamukti Party. They were arrested at a police check post at Nagdhunga, the main entry point to Kathmandu from southern Nepal, according to the police.

They identified themselves as the "army" of Rastriya Samamukti Party and were heading to the capital to participate in a party programme, the police said.

The police said they will investigate the matter. The arrest of the Rastriya Samamukti Party cadres comes amid the deepening political crisis in the country after Parliament for the fourth time since the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on June 30 failed to elect a new leader on Friday.

Both Maoist chief Prachanda and his Nepali Congress rival Poudyal were unable to win simple majority in the 601-strong House.

Political analysts have warned that a delay in electing a new prime minister could derail the 2006 peace process. "There will be chaos. All the government's plans and policies will be affected," an expert warned.


First Published: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 00:30

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