BP Library of Trichandra Campus, one of the oldest libraries of the country, has been reduced to ashes after it was set on fire following a clash between student unions.
The fire took place following a clash between cadres of Nepal Students Union (NSU) and All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) – affiliated to Nepali Congress and CPN-UML respectively. The reason behind the clash is yet to be established.
The clash had ensued between the two students union after a cadre of ANNFSU was khukuri attacked allegedly by the cadres of NSU, while the former was studying at the library.
While ANNFSU Spokesperson RC Lamichhane said he does not know anything about the fire, NSU has accused the UML-affiliated ANNFSU of setting the library on fire.
According to Kishor Kumar Bhattarai, Chief of Kathmandu Fire Brigade, three fire engines were deployed to douse the fire.
“The fire is already under control,” said Bhattarai. “However, the books in the library have all been reduced to ashes.”