A bomb exploded in a building of an FM Station in Palpa, a hilly district in the western region of Nepal on March 15, 2012.
According to Chief Editor of the Palpa Samacharpatra weekly, Bhagawan Bhandari, a powerful bomb exploded in the second floor of the building while the Radio Paschimanchal FM station is located in the third floor of the same building.
As per the follow up Freedom Forum made on the incident today, the FM radio was not targeted, but the owner of the house, a district level leader of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Bhugol Bainju. As his family was not there, no human loss occurred.
However, the blast caused the disruption of FM Radio damaging wires. No big loss occurred to the FM Office too.
Chief Editor Mr Bhandari further said the station manager is also of the Maoist party and the blast might be of internal rift in the party rather than FM news.
Anyway, the FM service has halted following the blast and the journalists in the FM and deprived people of their right to information.
The Maoist party which was earlier a rebellion force has time and again seen brawl due to factionalism within the party. The blast in the building with FM Radio can also be taken as a series of the infighting in the party.
Freedom Forum therefore wants fair investigation by the concerned authorities into the case and the culprit be brought to book to help lessen impunity.
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