Rival student groups clash in Nepalese capital

Riot police were deployed across the capital Wednesday after tensions between two rival student groups aligned to political parties erupted into violence.

Rival student groups clash in Nepalese capital
Riot police were deployed across the capital Wednesday after tensions between two rival student groups aligned to political parties erupted into violence.

Baton-wielding riot police charged members of the Maoist-aligned All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) at several places for trying to forcibly shut down traffic.

The student group was demanding the release of their members arrested during clashes Tuesday.

"The Maoist students tried to vandalize and set on fire a car and a jeep, promoting the police action," Police Inspector Bibas Udas said. "Three students were arrested in Baneshwor area of the city."

Weeks of simmering tensions between students allied with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's Nepali Congress and the Maoists erupted into open confrontation on Tuesday.

Police said they arrested at least 46 Maoist students and members of the Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League in possession of swords and other weapons during protests on Tuesday.

The Home Ministry also announced a ban on the use of camouflage dress used by the students.

The Maoist involvement in violence comes amid growing criticism of the former rebels for their inability to move towards peaceful politics.

In July, the leftists stormed a district administration office in north-east Nepal and assaulted a top government official whom they blamed for the arrest of one of their comrades.

The Nepalese government, which includes the Maoists, has been heavily criticized for not punishing Maoist cadres involved in violent crimes.

DPA
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