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On 31 August when news came that 12 Nepalis kidnapped in Iraq had been killed, the extremist Hindu group, Pashupati Sena Nepal, declared a banda for Thursday. The killings were done by radical Islamics in Iraq. Leading Muslim organisations in Nepal had already condemned the killings. But Pashupati Sena and the workers of Hindu Volunteers Association were chanting aggressive slogans against Nepali Muslims. The Jama Masjid was damaged, anything remotely Muslims was attacked. "At this time of sorrow, we all should try to unite instead of attacking each other," said Attaula Khan, a board member of the Islamic library. "We had planned to bring out a rally to protest the killings on 1 September but the Jama Masjid was attacked on Tuesday evening itself." The government is said to have warned the Hindu Volunteers Association, a branch of India's RSS, that if it did not moderate its stance its registration would be cancelled. The killings of Nepalis in Iraq was also misused by political forces. We heard Nepali Congress politicians demanding resignations of ministers. This was no time to make such demands. People close to the Royal Palace were also seen taking part in the violent rallies. Drug addicts and even street children took part, making the situation anarchic.



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