Maoist leader Bal Krishna Dhungel arrested for murder during Nepal civil war

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Vastavam web:  Maoist leader Bal Krishna Dhungel was today arrested in a murder case dating back to the Maoist insurgency in Nepal, triggering protest by his party which alleged that it is against the 2006 peace agreement.A team of Nepal Police Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) arrested CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Dhungel from his rented room in Lalitpur and presented him before Kathmandu District Court in Babarmahal.The Okhaldhunga District Court in 2004 had convicted Dhungel for the murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment, but in 2006, the Rajbiraj Appellate Court gave him a clean chit.
The apex court in 2010 overturned Rajbiraj Appellate Court s decision and upheld the district court s verdict.The Baburam Bhattarai government in November 2011 had recommended presidential clemency for Dhungel, but it was rejected by the court.CPN (Maoist Centre) demanded release of its leader, stating that his arrest was against the peace agreement signed in 2006 to end the 10-year armed insurgency and bring the rebels to mainstream politics.
“As per the spirit of peace agreement, the cases dating back to the war in the country are to be settled through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said and demanded his immediate release.The Maoist cadres on September 24, 2012 also killed Ganesh Kumar accusing him of filing complaint at the District Police Office.