Maoist rebels bomb Indian company
KATHMANDU: Maoist rebels early on Saturday bombed a cosmetics and toiletries factory in southern Nepal, causing considerable damage to the plant, police said.
“A group of 15 Maoists appeared in front of the Nepal Lever Public Limited Company at Basamadi and detonated three powerful bombs around 3:00 am local police superintendent Ram Chandra Khanal told reporters. A company official said the rebels had overpowered guards and tied them up before entering the factory.
“The Maoists planted five or six powerful bombs in the important sections where heavy equipment is installed but only three of them went off, causing considerable damage to the factory,” said the official, who requested anonymity. Nepal Lever Limited is a subsidiary of Hindustan Lever Limited Company of India and exports cosmetic and toiletries worth 68 million US dollars to India annually. The attack comes amid conflicting announcements by officials from a pro-Maoist trade union regarding a strike it had called against 24 major companies in Nepal. afp