Gajurel rules out unification between two Maoist parties
KATHMANDU, MAR 17 – CPN-Maoist Vice Chairman CP Gajurel has said that unification between the two Maoist parties was not possible at present. Speaking at an interaction programme organised at the Reporters Club in the Capital on Monday, leader Gajurel said,” We have only announced working alliance with the UCPN (Maoist) on two subjects when we issued a joint statement. We have not done anything more than that.”
The CPN-Maoist leader said it was wrong that the recent working alliance with the UCPN (Maoist), 21 months after the party splintered from the mother party, was being projected as unification between the two parties. Leader Gajurel further added present situation brought about the working alliance between the two parties. He further made it clear that the two Maoist parties came together after the state started to arrest party leaders and activists in connection with the war-era cases, which he added was a gross violation of the principle and sentiment of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
ANRFTU withdraws Tuesday’s valley strike
KATHMANDU, March 17: All Nepal Revolutionary Federation of Trade Union (ANRFTU) has withdrawn its one-day strike for Tuesday in the capital. ANRFTU, the CPN-Maoist affiliated trade union, had called strike for Tuesday in the capital demanding immediate release of its cadres, who were arrested on the various charges. “We decided to call off strike for tomorrow as the government was agreed to release our cadres,” reads a press statement issued by the ANRFTU president Ramdip Acharya on Monday evening.
The trade organization demanded reinstatement of the ANRFTU cadres who were expelled by the multinational company FedEx recently. “We will go for another round or agitation programs if the FedEx management does not reinstate our cadres,” reads the statement. Similarly, the ANRFTU expressed solidarity over the strike called by the various students unions for Wednesday protesting against the recent price hike of the petroleum products.
CPN-Maoist cadres illegally building sheds in Guthi land
NAWALPARASI, March 15: Cadres of the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist have illegally built sheds on the land the Maoists had seized during the insurgency at Agyauli-4 VDC. Maniram Dharel, a district member of the party, said over two hundred landless people, former combatants and the families of the martyrs would build their houses on the land the party had been occupying for long. The Maoists had seized 3 bighas of land belonging to Sri Ram Sita Laxaman Hanuman Guthi during the insurgency.
Dharel also informed that his party will distribute 65 bighas of land owned by the Guthi among the needy. According to him, a local school and VDC office have already been using a part of the land owned by the Guthi. Other political parties have not yet responded to the Maoist move. “Only those ex-combatants who adhere to the CPN-Maoist´s ideology would be allowed to settle here,” said Dharel, adding that they have driven out some former Maoist rebels, who are with the UCPN (Maoist).
Area secretary of CPN-Maoist Suman Gyawali said the party had earlier settled 65 landless families on the Guthi land. He also said that the party has formed a committee to probe if all the families settled there are landless. Chief District Officer Keshav Raj Ghimire said that the district administration cannot take action against the settlers as the land belongs to Guthi. “We cannot take action against the settlers until the Guthi asks for help. However, we have no information on the Maoists building sheds on the land owned by Guthi,” he said.
Although UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed party cadres across the country to return seized properties, the breakaway faction led by Mohan Baidya continues to hold land and properties seized during the insurgency. According to CPN-Maoist, the party holds still control over four bighas of land in Bhumahi, 17 bighas in Kawasoti, 30 bighas in Triveni, 57 bighas in Bardhaghat of the district.
Peasant Hunger Strike is Cry-Out for Justice in Paraguay
Five landless peasants, accused of taking part in the killing of eleven farmers and six policemen during a land eviction procedure in June 2012 in Paraguay, have gone on a hunger strike for more than thirty days in order to demand justice and freedom. The issues of land distribution and judiciary corruption come to the forefront in one of the most controversial conflicts that the South American nation has seen in recent years.
Police officer killed in Hanwella protest
The ongoing demonstrations by a group of villagers of Hanwella, reminiscent of sudden violent protests at Rathupaswala, last year similarly demanding the shutting down of a rubber factory claiming it was polluting their groundwater, snuffed out one life yesterday. A senior policeman dispatched there yesterday early morning was killed when a tree that had been half cut and left by the protesters fell on him.
Roads Blocked to Stop Engineers, Proposed Dam
Dozens of ethnic Chong villagers in Koh Kong province’s Areng valley continued blocking a road Sunday for the third day to protest the impending construction of a hydropower dam that will lead to large scale evictions, authorities and rights workers said. The villagers have since Friday been blocking a road that leads to land that a Chinese company rented to store heavy machinery and construction material for the Stung Chhay Areng dam. Villagers said they are attempting to prevent the company, Sinohydro, from building a machinery storage facility on land in Thma Baing district recently rented for that purpose.
1 dead in CISF firing at Neyveli Lignite Corporation plant in Tamil Nadu
Chennai: One person has been killed at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation plant in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district after a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) member opened fire following a reported clash with workers. The CISF member is in charge of the plant’s security. According to the police, the victim, Raja, is a contract worker who had come to meet another employee at the plant. As he waited, an altercation broke out with a CISF constable who shot him dead. The district police say the firing took place at gate no. 2 of the mine. Police have rushed to the plant to avert a law and order crisis as angry locals went on a rampage at the site and blocked the Cuddalore-Virudachalam highway.