Nepal’s Maoist chief pays for bail of man who slapped him
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Maoist Chief Prachanda sure did not offer his other cheek when Padam Kunwar, a disgruntled youth, slapped him during a public function on November 16, but surprised many by paying Rs 28,000 to the Kathmandu District Administration Office, to bail out out the assailant Tuesday.
Kunwar had been remanded in judicial custody due to his inability to furnish the bail amount. But Prachanda's act, Kunwar's relative say, was not a benevolent one, and instead a "tactic" to be seen as someone "forgiving".
"He furnished the bail amount as Nepalese youths from different countries had already mobilised around US $8,000 to assist Kunwar in his legal battle," said Bhim Rawal, brother-in-law of Kunwar. Besides, many had expressed willingness to contribute to Kunwar Legal Assistance Fund.
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