A bomb went off outside an Indian consulate office in Nepal's Biratnagar, just six kilometers from the India-Nepal border on Monday night. The explosion, which took place at around 8.20 pm, left a hole of around 1×1.5 feet in the complex's compound wall.
The western wall of the office has sustained damage in the blast, authorities said. "The security agencies in Nepal are investigating the matter", said the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.
None of the employee was present inside the building at the time of explosion. He said that the affected structure was a temporary office which was set up by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu during the recent floods in Nepal and north Bihar.
File image of Nepal Police.
It is suspected that a splinter group of the Maoists led by Netra Bikram Chand could be responsible for the blast due to its anti-Indian rhetoric in the past. Police said they are investigating to find out on who caused the blast, Kathmandu Post reported. Moreover, the party had called a general strike on Monday at Biratnagar, which is the industrial capital of the country and is situated 6 km away from the north of the border of Bihar.
"Our Embassy in Kathmandu is in touch with Government of Nepal".
The security in the blast site and around office premises has been upped after the blast.