HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Cadres of All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary, student wing close to CPN-Maoist, the breakaway faction of the Unified CPN-Maoist, today vandalised two colleges and set a bus belonging to Rato Bangla School on fire to, what they say, put pressure on the government to decree private Plus Two colleges to change their ‘foreign names’ and remove their hoarding boards.
South Western State College at Basundhara and Everest Florida College at Minbhawan were targeted by the revolutionary students.
The students had barged into the colleges at the break of dawn, before students and college staff had reached, to break windows, doors, decorative stuff and some computers.
Ratna Dhakal of ANNISU-R admitted to have vandalised the colleges and torched the school bus, saying they wanted to pressure the government to ask the colleges to change ‘foreign names’ and reduce the exorbitant fees they were charging. “It was a symbolic protest,” said Dhakal. ANNISU-R had yesterday torched hoarding boards of more than a dozen Plus Two colleges in the Valley.
Hari Singh KC, Vice Principal, South Western State College, said property worth more than Rs 1 lakh was destroyed. “It’s after government’s permission we have named our colleges; and students are vandalising our property in protest. It is sad,” said KC, urging the students to go through proper channel instead of attacking and terrorising schools and colleges. A teacher from Rato Bangala said the students had torched the school bus for not giving them donation in the past. Police said a group of around 10 to 12 students were involved in today’s incidents and that they were trying to find out those involved.
In yet another incident of college vandalism, police said a group of 15 students affiliated to Nepal Students Union, student wing of the Nepali Congress, today vandalised four computers, alleging that the administration had failed to fulfil their demands.