Head constable catches and throws bomb to save over a dozen persons

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A Nepal Police head constable has saved over a dozen persons by foiling an attack at a polling center in Dang on Wednesday.

Head Constable Durga Bahadur Rana acrobatically caught the bomb hurled toward the polling center at Adhaarbhoot Lower Secondary School in Tulsipur-3, Ambas and threw it to a place without people. Superintendent of Police (SP) with Dang Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh said the polling center was attacked just over two hours after voting started at seven in the morning.

A sutali bomb was hurled toward the police personnel from across the school's wall by two persons who had arrived on a motorcycle at around 9:30 in the evening. Rana acrobatically caught the bomb and hurled it around 50 meters away. His presence of mind and agility ensured that there was no damage inside the polling center.

"Police personnel and people who had come to vote could have been harmed had head constable Rana not caught the bomb," SP Singh told Setopati over the phone. "He saved over a dozen voters and police personnel deployed for security," he added.

There were around 25 security persons deployed at the center including those from Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and temporary police. Head constable Rana has been deployed to Dang for election from Kathmandu.

The persons who hurled the bomb have yet to be identified but the police estimate them to be affiliated to the Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand.

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