April 22, 2012 KATHMANDU – Political Parties are busy finding the common ground to draft a new constitution in Nepal and As leaders of their mother parties never get tired of saying “we will stay away from violence”, party unions continue to fight a never-ending war even at public places.
That is exactly the kind of situation that the student unions of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have found themselves in after their duel at Pashupati Multiple Campus.
Their unrestrained actions leave commoners confused and prompt them to laugh up their sleeve asking why they have to repeatedly bear the brunt of inter-union fights.
Unconcerned over inconvenience caused by their actions to the public, cadres of UML’s All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) and Nepal Student Union (NSU) of Congress staged protests against each other at different places in the Capital on Saturday.
[wp_campaign_2]NSU activists even burnt effigies of the prime minister and the home minister saying that the government has not arrested Ain Bahadur Mahar who was allegedly involved in attacking their leaders at the campus with khukuris (handmade knives) and gunshots.
Around a dozen of union cadres were injured in the clash on Thursday. Among them is Ramesh Khadka who is undergoing treatment at Om Hospital. The NC student wing has demanded ouster of Inspector Atul Raj Bohara, chief at Metropolitan Police Sector Gaushala claiming that he is trying to hush up the case. “Mahar who led the attack also opened fire at the campus, but Bohara is trying to prove him innocent,” claimed NSU coordinator Ranjeet Karna.
On the other hand, ANNFSU activists demonstrated against the local administration demanding release of Bijay Rai who was arrested in connection with the incident. Some 200 cadres led by UML central committee member Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal took out a rally in Ratnapark. ANNFSU has even gone a step further by issuing a two-day ultimatum for Rai’s release. The union has been claiming the clash was inevitable as NSU men used gangsters to bar their leaders from entering the college.
Students are key to success of any political changes in Nepal since the first democracy restoration back in 1990. Thousands of students who came from the mountains across the country aiming higher education and finding a living by building a career often ends in a party cadre and and hang around to find their daily living.