Monday, September 07, 2009

Pro-China Maoists attacked Indian priests?

TIMES NEWS NETWORK & AGENCIES 6 September 2009, 02:18pm IST

NEW DELHI: Even as the Nepal government assured protection to Indian priests at Pashupatinath temple, there is a strong China connection emerging Protesters chant slogans against the appointment of two new Indian priests to the Pashupatinath Temple.
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Highly placed sources close to the investigations in Nepal told TIMES NOW on Sunday that the Maoists, who attacked the Indian priests, were Chinese sympathisers.

The source has also added that the Maoists are working to a plan to try and supplant India with China to further their own political ends. The Maoists are also stoking anti-India sentiments in Nepal so that China can step in and take advantage of the situation, added sources.

This is incidentally happening in the backdrop of China trying to sign a number of key agreements of the type India enjoys with Nepal.

This comes after two newly-appointed Indian priests at the famous Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu were on Friday beaten up by a group of Maoists.

A group of 25 to 30 Maoists went inside the temple pretending to be worshippers and attacked the two new Indian priests from Karnataka -- Girish Bhatta and Raghamendra Bhatta.

However, Nepalese culture minister Minindra Rijal assured that full protection has been provided to the priests in the temple and that their security is of prime importance.

He also went on to rubbish reports that suggested that the two priests attacked were likely to flee Nepal.

He also condemned the attacks on the Indian priests and assured that necessary action will be taken against the attackers.

He said, "reports of the priests fleeing is absolutely untrue. I have spoken to them personally and have assured them that security will be provided to them. The incident that happened is deplorable and the government stands behind the priests. Ties with India are very critical for us and Nepal will take the necessary steps to protect them. Based on the rule of the land, those who have done this will be brought to book."

"I visited the shrine yesterday along with the Indian ambassador and we spoke to the priests and assured them that full protection will be provided to them. The government is responsible for their security and that is being taken care of," added the minister.

Assuring that Nepal is in constant touch with the Indian government, Rijal said there are over 1000s who visit the temple on a daily basis and after the attacks there is a tight vigil in an around the shrine

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