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Lalitpur District Court’s arrest warrant against Biplav and other leaders of his party

Kathmandu, August 1

The Lalitpur District Court has issued an arrest warrant in the name of Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’, the chief of a small communist party.

The court has also told the police to arrest Biplav, and other leaders of his party, namely: Khadka Bahadur Bishwakarma, Dharmendra Bastola, Udaya Bahadur Chalaune, and Santosh Budha Magar.

The law enforcers have been told to arrest them and present them before the court in the next 35 days.

The court says it is hearing arms and ammunition, murder and crimes against the state involving them.

Biplav had formed a party after breaking ties with Mohan Baidya, a veteran Maoist leader, in November 2014. Then, it resorted to violence such as extortion, abduction, explosion, and murder in the name of the protest against the state.

In March 2019, hence, the government banned the party, forcing Biplav and other senior leaders to go underground. Police would arrest all the leaders and cadres whenever they were found. However, in February 2021, the party expressed its interest in dialogues to raise its concerns and a three-point peace deal was signed in March of the same year.

The party has recently split after differences among the leaders about its participation in the recent local elections.

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