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Nepal declares Pashupatinath as ‘prohibited’ area

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 6, 2009

New Delhi/Kathmandu(Samay Live): Nepal has condemened the assualt on Indian priests and has said that whatever has happened with the Indian priests cannot be taken for granted.

Meanwhile, Nepal has restricted entry at the Pashupatinath temple declaring its as ‘Prohibited’.

India has taken the incident of beating of Indian priests at sacred Pashupati Nath temple very seriously and has asked the Indian ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood to convey India’s concern over the issue.

Meanwhile, the Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has expressed his concern over the incident and has also said ‘sorry’ to India for the incident.

It is learnt that the two neighbouring nations are facing tough time over certain issues post the installation of the Maoists government in the Himalayan Nation and after the stepping of Prachanda too. Prachanda had stepped down from his post of the Prime Minister of Nepal after a rift with the Nepalese army chief Rookmangud Katawal.

On Friday the two newly-appointed Indian priests of the Pashupatinath Temple were beaten up by some unidentified protesters who want Nepali priests to take over the charge.

Treasurer of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) Narottam Vaidya said the priests, Raghavendra and Girish, were assaulted in the premises. The police have arrested a man in the case.

Meanwhile, Minister for Federal Affairs, Constituent Assembly, Parliamentary and Cultural Affairs, Minendra Rijal condemning the attack said the government would take strong action against those who tried to disrupt the nitya puja (daily worship) at the temple.

It is worth mentioning here that the Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal recently approved the recruitment of the priests from Karnataka.

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