16 Oct '11, 9am

Nepal's Maoists sack minister implicated in murder

Nepal's Maoists sack minister implicated in murder

KATHMANDU: Nepal's ruling Maoist party announced on Sunday it was removing a minister accused of involvement in the murder of a Hindu activist. Party leaders said parliamentary protests against land reforms minister Prabhu Sah were distracting from the peace process and had made his position untenable. "Despite a legal clean chit, we have decided to recall Prabhu Sah from the government due to the controversy that is ongoing at the parliament," Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said in a statement. "We have taken this decision because the issue was deviating our focus from the fundamental issues of the peace process and constitution making and was unnecessarily wasting our time." Kashi Nath Tiwari, the president of Nepal's Hindu Youth Association, was shot dead by three masked gunmen near his house in Kathmandu in June last year. Sah has been identified as a suspect in th...

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