26 Biplav cadres detained in connection with Ncell multiple bomb blasts

Ncell bomb blasts, Biplav

KATHMANDU,  Feb 25: Nepal Police have arrested 26 cadres of Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) led by Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’ in connection with the bomb blast at the Ncell headquarter in Nakkhu, Lalitpur on Friday evening that left one dead and two injured.

Over 15 Ncell offices and telecommunication towers were targeted in a series of bomb blasts across the country including Baglung, Myagdi, Kaski, Nawalparasi and Kapilvastu.

The arrests come after the CPN, a rebel faction of former CPN (Maoist) party, took the responsibility of the attack on Sunday.

A CPN leader admitted that the party targeted the Ncell corporate offices to protest the evading of the tax defying the Supreme Court order by the company, reported Republica.

The Annapurna Post earlier had reporter that said that a CPN leader on condition of anonymity had taken the responsibility of the attack. Ncell, a privately owned mobile network operator in Nepal, is yet to pay Rs 38 billion capital gains tax to the government.

The CPN cadres were arrested from different parts of the country, according to Nepal Police Spokesperson Uttam Raj Subedi.

The police have already detained two security guards of Ncell following the Friday blasts.

Biplav takes responsibility of Ncell bomb blasts terror: Report

Ncell condemns “irresponsible and senseless” Nakkhu bomb explosion