Bomb goes off at ex-minister Baskota’s house

Gokul Baskota house explosion

BHAKTAPUR, March 11: A pressure cooker bomb went off at former Communication and Information Technology Minister Gokul Baskota’s house in Lokanthali, Bhaktapur on Wednesday.

According to the locals, the bomb went off at around 7:45 am at the gate of Baskota private house, which is under construction.

Baskota, who stepped down for the post following a Rs 700 million bribe deal controversy on Feb 20, has been living at Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s house in rent in Balkota since he was appointed minister.

According to Deputy Superintendant of Police at Metropolitan Police Circle, Shanti Raj Koirala, the explosion caused partial damage to the wall and glass of the house of the former minister. The glasses of a private van (Ba 19 Cha 4781) were also broken in the incident, he further informed.

The bomb explosion also smashed the window panes of the houses of Kuver KC and Kapil Ghimire which are adjacent to the house of the ex-minister. DSP Koirala said the investigation into the incident of bomb detonation is underway.

No casualties have been reported.

Photos: Dil Kumar Ale Magar