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Shiva’s army



After 'Nepal Shiva Sena', the Nepali edition of India's Hindu fundamentalist party took responsibility for all the mayhem and violence in Kathmandu on 1 September in reaction to the killing of 12 Nepali hostages in Iraq by a Muslim terrorist outfit, curiosity about this group has greatly increased. Kiran Singh Budathoki, the head of this outfit, has already admitted that his organisation carried out attacks on the Muslim mosques and madrasas in the capital and other parts of the country. Subsequently, Budathoki went underground. A similarly named parallel organisation called Shiv Sena Nepal also exists headed by Arun Subedi. Subedi is considered to be the founder of Shiva Sena in Nepal. After the issue of religious secularism was raised while writing the 1990 constitution, Subedi formed a religious organisation called the Shiva Sena by putting yogi Narharinath, founding leader of Praja Parishad Ramhari Sharma and former prime minister Lokendra Bahadur Chanda in its honorary advisory board. But Subedi then registered this religious organisation as a party in the Election Commission in the year 1998. Initially, he had the support and blessing of India's Shiva Sena chieftain Bal Thakre, but after a rift between Budathoki and Subedi started growing inside the organisation, Thakre appointed Budathoki as a chairman of his party's Nepal branch. "Thakre sahib has recognised us as his true representative in Nepal, this is why we are the real Shiva Sena," Budathoki says. (Nepalnews.com Translation Service)



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