KATHMANDU: Dubbing them “political prisoners”, the CPN-Maoist on Saturday demanded that the charges against Maoist cadres held in Dailekh for the 2004 murder of journalist Dekendra Thapa be withdrawn and they be immediately released. Issuing a statement on behalf of the party, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa announced that a nationwide strike has been imposed on February 10 to protest the arrest of the Maoist cadres and, what he said, revival of the cases during “people’s war”.
The Dailekh District Court on Friday remanded five persons —four affiliated with CPN-Maoist and one with UCPN-Maoist—to custody till a final verdict and issued an arrest warrant against four others who allegedly murdered Thapa in Dailekh almost nine years ago. As per the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA), both the parties – government and the then rebel group– had agreed to solve the war-era cases through Truth Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Thapa said in a statement. He claimed that the arrest and the prosecution are a clear violation of the Interim Constitution of Nepal as it has envisaged the formation of TRC to deal with conflict-era cases.