Hindu group arrested for Nepal church blast

Nepal police have arrested the head of an outlawed Hindu fundamentalist group accused of bombing a church here which killed three women, including two Indians, in May 2009.

A team of Kathmandu metropolitan police arrested Ram Prasad Mainali, the chief of Nepal Defence Army (NDA) a pro-Hindu militant organisation, from Morang district in eastern Nepal yesterday, according to Home Ministry spokesman Ratna Raj Pandey.The police also arrested NDA commander for Morang Tribhuvan Yadav.

The NDA had earlier owned up the bomb blast at a church in Kathmandu which killed three and injured 15 people attending mass.NDA is also held responsible for exploding a bomb in a mosque in Morang district in March last year in which three people were killed.

The group also accepted that it was instrumental in killing the principal of Don Bosco College, John Prakash Moyalan in Morang district in June 2008 and had bombed the Nepali Congress Office in Sanepa, Kathmandu last month, police said.

The police recovered a pistol, 14 rounds of bullets, pamphlets and Indian and Nepali SIM cards from them.

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