Faction within Baidya’s Maoist wing
ITHARI, Jan 10 : A dissatisfied group from CPN-Maoist have formed a new Maoist outfit bearing the name CPN-Maoist (Revolutionary). A press conference was held on Saturday to inform about the formation of the party. The party has been formed under the leadership of Bhojendra Prasad Chaulagain, who previously was involved in the decade-long insurgency and has lately been active with the CPN-Maoist faction led by Mohan Baidya. Akash Sharma has been appointed as the General Seceretary of the party.
The chairman of the newly formed party told the media that they were forced to open the new party as the Maoist leadership deceived them by submitting arms and ammunition to the government in the name of peace and prosperity. “Submitting the arms to the government, the then Maoist party cheated us dragging themselves to an unimpressive path, and hence we were compelled to announce this new party”, said Chaulagain.
In Jan 22 run up, govt plugs security holes
KATHMANDU, JAN 10 – The government is bracing for a potential security threat that could come from extreme left and right forces in and around January 22, a self-imposed deadline set by the political parties to promulgate the new constitution . Though no big security threats have been identified so far, the Home Ministry’s assessment has suggested that the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist and fundamental religious groups could spur tension if there is no agreement on constitution drafting.
“For instance, some pro-Hindu outfits could try to derail the constitution drafting process by demanding restoration of Hindu identity,” a senior Home Ministry official said on Friday. The ministry has already instructed the chiefs of all 75 districts to come up with an integrated security plan, focusing on the situation that could arise before and after January 22, and update the ministry on a daily basis. Besides, the ministry has also been holding regular meetings with the officials of security agencies as the deadline for the constitution promulgation draws near. These meetings, according to the ministry officials, are focused on the activities of the 30-party alliance led by UCPN (Maoist), the CPN (Maoist) led by Mohan Baidya, the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist, and various religious and ethnic outfits.
The security agencies are of the view that the public support to the UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance at the grassroots level is low, though they are capable of provoking the law enforcement officers during protests. The focus is primarily on the Chand-led Maoist faction and religious groups, a source said. Security agencies have increased their vigilance on the activities of Chand’s party following its national gathering in Dang. As for the armed outfits in the Tarai and eastern hill districts, a senior ministry official said, the threat level is quite low since they have remained relatively inert in recent times. It is not clear, though, if the government plans on mobilising military to keep law and order.
According to Nepal Army, the governmnent has not made any request for military mobilisation post January 22. “We have not received any request from the government, but we are keeping stock of the security situation of the country,” said Nepal Army Spokesperson Brigadier General Jagadish Chandra Pokhrel. Meanwhile, officials at the Home Miinistry have said that the government will consider assigning the Army for the supply of essentials to the Capital and other parts of the country, if a protest or a strike paralyses the normal life and traffic. Otherwise, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force are capable of controlling the situation. Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, spokesperson at the Home Ministry, said the security agencies have been told to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with protestors.
Banda affects eastern districts
UDAYAPUR, JAN 10 – Normal life was affected in 16 districts in eastern Nepal on Friday due to a banda enforced by the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist. Transportation was obstructed on the East-West, Mechi and Koshi highways, leaving hundreds of people stranded. Educational institutions, market places and industries remained closed due to the strike. Vehicles could not ply on roads while Gaighat, Katari, Murkuchi, Beltar and Rampur, among other places, in Udayapur remained closed.
Only pharmacies, vegetables shops and eateries were opened in the area while a few motorcycles and bicycles were seen on the road. The banda also affected life in Siraha. People were seen walking on foot. According to our local correspondents, the banda also affected life in Morang, Sunsari and Dhanusha. The Maoist enforced the banda demanding a “people’s constitution” after forming a high-level political assembly.