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Audio Overview of South Asia Issues, WEDNESDAY, 27 March 2019

Bhargav Reddy – APAC Assistance Operations Assistant

Major Issues In SOUTH ASIA

WEDNESDAY, 27 March 2019

 

INDIA

Naxal attack foiled.  Yesterday police foiled a major attack on security forces and government vehicles in the Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra. Security forces recovered an Improvised Explosive Device, containing four kgs of explosives which was planted below a small bridge in the interior rural areas of the district. There were intelligence reports that the Naxal rebels, under the leadership Central Committee chief Basavaraju could launch a major attack on the security forces in the district, the threat has not been ruled out. Last month, there were four incidents where government vehicles, construction material of ongoing road construction projects in the district were set on fire by the Maoists rebels. Last week, a school teacher was killed by the Maoists whom they suspected of being a cop. Claiming responsibility for the attack and mistaken identity, the rebels later released an apology to the family seeking forgiveness for their actions.

Meanwhile, in the central state of Chhattisgarh, four Naxals were killed by the elite Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) of the Central Reserve Police Force yesterday. A CoBRA unit was cordoning off the forest area near Karkanguda village in the Sukma District. when a group of Naxals started firing on them. This led to a gun-battle where four Naxals were killed. Clients are advised to avoid the Naxal infested areas of central India. Avoid the government offices and election centers before the general elections in April-May.

 

NEPAL

Communist cadre arrested. Police have arrested three cadres of Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) from various parts of the central district of the Tanahun yesterday. Police have intensified the crackdown on the Chand-led party after it detonated a bomb at Ncell office in Lalitpur killing one person and injuring two others. The party was banned and labeled a terrorist organization by the government. Two key leaders of the party’s standing committee including Hemanta Prakash Oli and Mohan Karki have also been arrested.

Meanwhile, Nepali police said security has been increased in Kathmandu for Investment Summit-2019 being held from March 29 to 30. Nepal Police said that special security measures have been adopted at the venue for the summit and at other hotels where guests will be staying during the summit. Hotel Soaltee has been chosen as the venue for the summit. More than 600 guests from 40 countries are expected to attend the summit. Clients are advised to be aware of the security measure in Kathmandu and avoid the areas cordoned off by the police.

 

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