அமெரிக்க கிறிஸ்துவ அமைப்புகளின் கூலிப்படையான மாவோயிஸ்டுகள் இன்று நேபாள பசுபதிநாதர் ஆலயத்தை தாக்கினர்.
10 hurt as Maoists attack Pashupati temple staff
Press Trust Of India
Published on Sun, Jan 04, 2009 at 21:30 in World section
Maoists attacked the bhandaris and some local devotees in the temple premises.
Kathmandu: About 100 Maoist cadres on Sunday attacked the Pashupatinath temple caretakers who were protesting appointment of local priests in place of Indians, injuring 10 people in their latest assault on the shrine.
The attack came even as the ruling party activists faced flak after storming the temple earlier this week to install Nepalese priests defying a Supreme Court stay order on removal of Indian priests, who had been overseeing traditional rituals at the shrine for the past 300 years.
The local bhandaris, or temple caretakers, who vowed to launch a struggle to save the temple from "Maoist intrusion", faced the wrath of the partymen as they were set to organise a press conference, Kantipur online reported.
Around 100 Maoists attacked the bhandaris and some local devotees in the temple premises, injuring 10 people, including a member of the state-owned Nepal Television crew.
The fresh assault came hours after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' said he did not intend to displace the South Indian 'Bhatta' brahmins, who had overseen rituals at the temple for the past 300 years.
The appointment of Nepalese priests in place of Indians was a "mere coincidence" and not targeted at the latter, Prachanda said adding, the issue has been "pointlessly politicised".