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Nepal: Show of arms banned in Bardiya; UNMIN to probe attacks

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The district administration of Bardiya has banned the show of arms as well as lathis (batons) in protests.

The administration, on Monday, has issued an order banning carrying lathis, guns, sharp weapons and slings in protest demonstrations.

The order was issued after Maoist activists started using them in demos terrifying the local people. Meanwhile, the police have filed cases under Public Offense law against 38 out of 46 YCL cadres it had arrested in connection with attack against government offices in Gulariya.

On the other hand, UNMIN is set to probe the incidents of attacks in Banke, Bardiya and Dang districts. In Banke, Maoists had set fire to police post last week. In Bardiya, they attacked the post of Armed Police Force. In Dang they attacked a Congress leader even as talks were on between NC and Maoist leaders regarding return of properties of displaced persons.

The arms management pact among the UN, government and the Maoists authorises the UN agency to probe incidents that violate it. The meeting of Joint Monitoring and Coordinating Committee (JMCC), on Monday, had agreed to let the UNMIN probe these incidents.