No Chinese hand in attack on Indian priests: Nepal
Last Updated: Monday, September 07, 2009, 21:21
  
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Nepal Culture Minister Minendra Kumar Rijal on Monday downplayed the reports of Chinese connection to the recent attack on Indian priests at Pashupatinath temple.

In an interview to a private news channel, Rijal earnestly appealed to Indians not to interpret China as a plotter of the issue.

Nepalese Maoists had blocked roads across the capital Kathmandu on Sunday to protest against a decision to appoint two Indian priests at the country's holiest Hindu temple.

Hundreds of demonstrators had chanted ‘Down with Indian priests’ and ‘Appoint Nepalese priests’ as they brought traffic to a standstill.

According to Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood, the attack on the priests could have been initiated by Young Communist League.

Security has been increased to avoid any further violence.

Senior priests at the UNESCO-listed Pashupati temple have traditionally been high-caste Hindus from southern India, a custom that has gone on for hundreds of years.

But the previous Maoist government sought to scrap the tradition, saying in December it wanted them to come from Nepal instead.


First Published: Monday, September 07, 2009, 21:21


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