by Harihar Singh Rathour
CPN-Maoist district leader in Dailekh Naya Ram Thapa told the Kathmandu Post over phone from an unknown location that his party would probe last Friday’s blast at the Saraswati School and punish the culprits.
ANNISU-R’s president Lekh Nath Neupaney vowed stringent action against persons involved in the incident. He added that the organization would do everything possible to help conducting of SLC exams pass peacefully.
However, two students, including a pregnant girl, who were among the injured in a bomb blast last Friday morning at an SLC exam center, missed their crucial high school exam on Sunday (Apr02). Six other injured students turned up for the exam. Some 204 students were sitting for their Social Studies exam on Friday morning, when the rebels detonated a powerful bomb, one hour after the exam began, injuring a dozen students, some critically.
For eight-month pregnant Hira Bali of Chupra High School and her classmate Dev Kumari Bali, the Maoist bomb caused more than physical harm. Not only were their lives at risk but they also missed their exam, which comes only once a year. The duo have not yet recovered from injuries they sustained in the blast.
Another seven-month pregnant girl, Goma BC and her husband Nar Bahadur BC, sat again for their exams but with the help of junior students.
On Sunday, exam authorities made “alterative arrangements” for all those who missed their exams following the blasts. The authority shifted the exam center to Sunrise Boarding School nearby.
Chandra Panta (left) seeks help from a junior student, Suruchi KC, (right) as she is ubable to hear after powerful blast.
Some students still felt dizzy in the exam hall due to pain killers given by doctors, said Resham Sunar, the exam superintendent.
Meanwhile, human right workers and journalists from Nepalgunj visited the incident site to probe the alleged Maoist blast.