Given the spate of bomb attacks & vandalism targetting communication service provider Ncell over the last few days, the government must act swiftly to provide security to the company & see to it that it does not suffer any more mindless destruction.
The attacks carried out in different parts of the country have not only damaged communications equipment & property belonging to Ncell but also claimed the life one commoner, Singha Prasad Gurung, 49.
Gurung an ex-Singaporean Police officer, happened to be shopping around the Ncell office at Nakkhu, in Lalitpur, on Friday when the improvised explosive device went off at 8 in the evening.
2 Other women were also injured in the incident.
Police have arrested about 2 dozen people, who include some cadres of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Nepal Communist Party.
Addressing the parliamentary State Affairs Committee on Sunday, Home Minister Ram BahadurThapa pinpointed that the Chand-led party was behind the coordinated explosions & vandalism. Initially, the Nakkhu explosion on Friday seemed like an isolated incident, but now the destruction being caused to Ncell’s basic transmission stations in different parts of the country is seen as a concerted attempt to cause wilful damage by some group.
Apart from the attack on the Ncell office at Nakkhu in Lalitpur, its towers have been vandalised & set on fire in Kaski (Pokhara), Myagdi, Baglung, Kanchanpur, Accham, Nuwakot, east Nawalparasi & Kapilvastu. Due to the destruction to the transmission towers, telephony & internet services have been disrupted, affecting life especially in the rural areas of those districts.
Only an organisation with a country-wide network of cadres could have carried out such an operation over 2 days on such a scale.
Hence, the police suspect the hand of the Chand-led party behind the series of attacks. Although no one has claimed responsibility, a pamphlet that was found in Kanchanpur in far west Nepal threatens to carry out more of such attacks should Ncell refuse to pay Rs 70 billion in taxes owed to the government.
But whoever is behind the attacks has no business intimidating Ncellinto clearing the taxes. Collecting taxes is the duty of the government & no third party should take the law into its hands.