Maoist-backed workers vandalise Nepal telecom firm
Kathmandu: Trade union workers backed by CPN-Maoist vandalised the
head office of Nepal’s largest private telecom company, outside the
capital today to protest the sacking of some 87 employees with links to
the breakaway faction of Unified CPN-Maoist.
The NCell company is a subsidiary of TeliaSonera, a leading European
telecom giant, which has markets in 20 countries including India.
Federation of All Nepal Trade Union and All Nepal Communication,
Printing and Publication Workers Union activists affiliated to Mohan
Vaidya-led CPN-Maoist, attacked the head office of NCell on the
outskirts of Kathmandu. A group of 30 to 35 men barged into the NCell
office and vandalised computers, smashed window panes, devices and a
vehicle, according to sources close to the company. Police had to
intervene and baton charge the unruly mob to bring the situation under
A dozen trade union cadres were rounded up and half dozen of them
sustained injuries in the clash, according to eye-witnesses. An activist
said they were compelled to take action after the Ncell management
fired the 87 employees illegally. The union has warned of strong
reaction if the sacked employees are not reinstated. However, the
management was not available for comment. PTI
FNCCI condemns attack on Ncell office
KATHMANDU: Federation of Nepalese Chambers and Commerce (FNCCI) has
condemned over the attack by a group of the CPN-Maoist unionists on the
Ncell office this afternoon. FNCCI drew its serious attention towards
the incident, it stated in a statement issued today. The Federation drew
the attention of the political leaders to today’s attack and stated
that these kinds of serial incidents would impede the domestic and
foreign aid and investment in the country, the statement stated. The
Federation demanded to book the assailants at the earliest and stringent
action against them.
A couple of days ago, top hotelier and managing director of the
Radisson Hotel BK Shrestha was attacked by an unidentified masked group
in broad daylight and his car vandalised in Bhanimandal, Lalitpur.