Nepal govt vows to take action GMR office attack incident

Kathmandu: Nepalese government on Wednesday assured that action will be taken against the perpetrators who vandalised the office of Indian joint venture firm GMR, severely beating its staff and setting ablaze three buildings in western Nepal's Dailekh district.

Energy Minister Gokarna Bista has expressed commitment to take action against those who were involved in the arsoning of the GMR Energy's office in Dailekh district recently.

A group of 60 Maoist cadres on May 22 attacked the offices of GMR Energy in Dailekh, 700 km west of Kathmandu, and overpowered the security guards before setting the office buildings on fire, according to a senior GMR official.

Speaking at an interaction programme in Kathmandu Minister Bista said those who were behind the attack will be brought to justice regardless of their political inclination.

He said that the government is thoroughly investigating into the matter to reveal the fact.

"No one can escape the law under political protection." He said that the government will intensify security in the area to protect joint ventures in future.

A group of Maoists have burnt the office of the GMR which is developing 900 MW Upper Karnali project in the western Nepal district.

Two security guards were seriously injured in the attack and the three office buildings at the project site were damaged in the incident.

Nepali Congress central member and former Energy Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat has asked the government to implement its words by taking stern action against those involved in the attack.

We need foreign investment for our economic prosperity and to reduce poverty and such incidents will only repel foreign investors, he pointed out.

Maoist central member Devendra Poudyal speaking at the same programme said that though they have some objection regarding the hydropower project being developed by India as they were not at the interest of Nepali people, though they don't have any such policy to create obstructions at the moment.