KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Employees affiliated to the CPN-Maoist working at Agriculture Development Bank Limited (ADBL) ransacked the Labor Office of Bagmati Zone and manhandled officials, who denied registering a trade union on Tuesday.
"Around Rs 1.5 million worth of property was damaged in the attack," said Mani Nath Gop, chief of the Labor Office located in Teku, Kathmandu. More than 200 workers were involved in the vandalism.
“They ransacked our office and manhandled us after we requested them to follow due process to get their trade union registered,” said Gop.
According to him, office computers, printers, furniture and other properties were damaged in the attack.
The Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range Office (KMPRO) has arrested seven people allegedly involved in the attack.
A press statement issued by the KMPRO states Min Bahadur Pandit, Nanda Budha, and Sudin Khanal as those rounded up.
Workers claimed the incident took place after police intervened in negotiations between officials and those who came to register the trade union.
"The official line of our party is not to attack office and people. But the government created the situation for this to happen," Ram Dip Acharya, chairman of the Nepal Trade Union Federation (Revolutionary) affiliated to CPN-Maoist told Republica over phone.