At least 13 persons were injured, 2 seriously when Maoists and Nepali Congress (Democratic) activists engaged in a scuffle in Simikot, the headquarters of Humla district, Sunday following an argument in an all party meeting participated by representatives of the Maoist party and civil society, among others.
The district headquarters remained tense throughout the day after both sides pelted stones at each other. The two sides clashed till late in the evening and the local authorities, sensing imminent danger, were forced to impose a 9pm-5am curfew in the district headquarter.
The condition of two person – one from Maoist and another from NC-D – is said to be critical following the clash.
According to reports, the dispute had started after police arrested one Maoist cadre named Surbir Aidi on the charge of murdering NC-D member Netra Bahadur Shahi after abducting him on March 10. Protesting the arrest, Maoist cadres had called an indefinite general strike in Humla from Saturday.
The all-party meeting was held to resolve this problem, but it was to no avail after Maoists resorted to violence and pelted stones at the venue while the talks was in progress.