The leader of the Communist Party of Nepal, Netra Bikram Chand, has confessed to planting multiple IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and other arson-related devices around Kathmandu, specifically as an attack against the cellular service company Ncell.

Communist Party of Nepal Leader: Netra Bikram Chand

The company, which was bought by the Malaysian based Axiata has been under recent scrutiny for avoiding Rs. 75 billion in capital gains tax. A pamphlet found at the bombing of the Ncell building in Nakkhu, Lalitpur reads,  “This is a symbolic action, and if ignored, there will be more stern actions. Hail scientific socialism.

At the bombing of the Ncell building in Nakkhu one person died and two others were injured. Soon after the attack a central committee party member spoke to the press in anonymity saying,  “We are really sorry that one person died and two others were injured in the incident, there should be no human casualties in any of our operations, and the general public is not our target.”

Just after the explosion in Nakkhu, Lalitpur

 Although Chand and his party have taken ownership to the attack there have been no official statements released of remorse or condemning acts of violence. In fact, over 15 telephone towers belonging to Ncell were set on fire in various districts around Nepal, further enforcing the fact that this was not an accident.

This is not the first time Chand and the Communist Party of Nepal have carried out attacks against Ncell. In 2016 the party detonated pressure-cooker bombs targeting Ncell towers in Chitwan, Nuwakot, Rolpa,
and Dhankuta.

As of now no immediate government action has been taken. Police have arrested those in connection with the attack, but greater efforts to prevent an attack happening again have not been discussed.

Written by: Benjamin J. Loecken