KATHMANDU, MAR 15 – The hard-line faction of the UCPN (Maoist) has initiated a process to form a new paramilitary force comprising the retired and disqualified combatants loyal to it.
The faction led by Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya has been opposing the ongoing process of the combatants’ integration and rehabilitation.
Leaders from the faction say that PLA members have been organised as they are needed for another revolution to ensure people’s rights. The Baidya camp organised a meeting of the combatants loyal to it in Dang on Wednesday.
Top hard-line leaders except Baidya had addressed the meeting. Ahead of the regrouping process, the faction had issued a circular urging the combatants to choose voluntary retirement instead of integration.
Recently, over 7,000 combatants have left cantonments with cash incentives upon retirement. Those combatants, said a leader, would be recruited into the people’s volunteers bureau led by Netra Bikram Chand and be grouped under a new entity soon.
Earlier, the faction held a gathering of disqualified fighters discharged from cantonments two years ago. Addressing a meeting of former combatants, Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa asked them to be prepared for another struggle. The disqualified
fighters have been demanding cash incentives and responsibilities in the party organisations.
Former combatants above the rank of platoon joint-commander have been participating in the meeting. The combatants rued that the party sidelined them following retirement. Former commander of the Fifth Division Ram Lal Rokka said the assembly was organised to show that
the unity and objective of the ‘people’s army’ was not over.
Govt ‘backing’ free Tibet movement
DANG: Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa has accused the present government of supporting free Tibet movement and condoning anti-China protests.
“Anti-China protests have risen significantly ever since this government came to power. It has been supporting the free Tibet activists,” Thapa told a press conference at Lamahi of Dang on Wednesday.
Questions are being raised if the Maoist party is behind the growing protests against the Chinese authorities, he said, adding that China has already expressed its concern to the government on the latter’s unsatisfactory role in keeping free Tibet crusaders at bay.
“The Chinese president’s visit was delayed for the same reason. He did pay the visit but left hurriedly. This shows China’s growing concern with this government,” Thapa said.
He claimed that the present coalition was not faring well on the international relations front.Ekantipur Report