Nepal arrests 5 members of Hindu extremist group



Kathmandu: Five members of a lesser-known Hindu extremist group have been arrested by Nepal police for their alleged involvement in a number of bomb blast cases in and outside the capital over the past few years.

The National Defence Army is an underground outfit that demands re-declaration of Nepal as a Hindu Kingdom and reverse the federal system mentioned in the constitution.

The Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) of Nepal Police has arrested five young men for their alleged involvement in cases of bomb attacks and for terrorising people and extorting money from at least 27 people.

The police also confiscated from them several Indian SIM cards being used for their crime.

The accused were also involved in bomb explosion cases at Thapathali and New Road of Kathmandu few years back.

A series of bomb blast in the capital were masterminded by Phani Raj Mainali, the Supreme Commander of NDA, who has been in jail since 2009 after he was convicted of attacking churches and other religious places.

Police have found that Mainali had been communicating with his group through Jagat Bahadur Thapa, who was among the arrested yesterday.

The other arrested include Pulis Bishwas alias Jagat Narayan Chaudhary, 28, Pramod Kumar Mahato alias Pariwartan, 26, Nirmal Lama alias Bishal, 26, Jagat Bahadur Thapa alias DSP Prakash,30, and Cham Bahadur Thapa Rajan, 22.

PTI