Nepalese election contestant dies days after attack

KATHMANDU (TIP): A Nepalese constituent assembly election contestant died on Thursday a week after he was shot at in southern Nepal district of Bara adjoining Bihar. A pillion rider on a motorcycle with an Indian license plate had shot Mohammed Alam in his head while he was talking on phone last Friday outside a flour mill near the border town of Birgunjon. He had been unconscious and his survival chances were slim, doctors treating him at a Kathmandu hospital said The motorcycle used for the attack had skidded while the attackers were escaping from the scene. The attackers fired in the air after a witnesses tried to catch them. The motorcycle was later recovered within the Nepali territory. Following the shooting, other candidates from southern Nepal district have asked for additional security ahead of the November 19 election. Preliminary investigations have revealed “an international criminal group” was behind the shooting. Nepali media reports said Alam was allegedly associated with the Dawood Ibrahim gang and Pakistan’s ISI and was a target for the Chota Rajan gang Some Indian media had claimed his association with Yashin Batkal, arrested from the tourist town of Pokhara and taken to India last month.

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