Nepal Maoist Clippings 30/11/2015


Indian tourist bus torched in Lake City

Pokhara, Nepal: an unidentified group has torched a tourist carrying Indian bus at Dihiko Patan-6 of Pokhara sub-Metropolitan city on Sunday night. The Indian tourist bus had arrived to Lake City, Pokhara carrying tourists from Gujarat of India. Though no human casualty have reported in the incident, the Indian numbered bus ( Up 51 C 8311) has completely damaged from the fire.

It is said that the bus was torched in the mean time when an assistant driver and helper of the bus were sleeping in the bus at night. They became able to save their lives as they had escaped soon after the start of flames, Kaski district police has said. Though no one have claimed about the incident, it is suspected that Netra Bikram Chanda led Maoist would have involved in the incident.

CPN Maoist’s banda affects life across country

Nov 30, 2015- The nationwide banda enforced by the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist against the Indian blockade affected life in various districts on Sunday. CPN Maoist activists torched a truck (Na 4 Kha 7130) at Nalang along Kalu Panday Marga in Dhading. Truck driver Kamal Prasad Bartaula said three persons stopped the truck and set it on fire. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sabin Pradhan said they were searching for the persons involved in the arson. Following the incident, police escorted over a dozen tourist vehicles to their destinations in Chitwan and Pokhara.

CPN Maoist supporters also torched a cargo truck (Na 2 Kha 9764) at Paurai forest along the Chandranigahapur-Bagmati stretch of the East-West Highway. The truck was transporting bamboos to Kathmandu from Sunsari. The banda affected normal life in Butwal and its vicinity throughout the day. There were no vehicular movement along the East-West Highway and Siddhartha Highway. CPN Maoist activists also vandalised a car with Indian licence plate at Madan Chowk in Kanchanpur. Police briefly detained six CPN Maoist cadres on charge of vandalism.

They were released in the evening. After the incident, the Indian authorities stopped all Nepal bound vehicles at Gaddachowki in the Nepal-India border point. In Biratnagar, the CPN Maoist supporters torched a parked truck with Indian licence plate (WB 25 BN 606). The banda also affected Pyuthan, Kaski, Syangja, Tanahu, Baglung, Gorkha, Gulmi, Arghakhanchi and Myagdi districts. In Kaski, police arrested 34 CPN Maoist activists for enforcing the banda and obstructing the traffic. They were released in the evening.

Two Maoists planning to hold joint conclave

Nov 30, 2015- UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist are preparing to organise a joint general convention to formally announce the merger between the two parties. Senior leaders from the two parties, including UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya, are holding regular meetings these days to discuss the terms of unification. Despite some differences, leaders from both parties said, the two forces are ready for merger this time. Earlier, the two Maoist parties had made an unsuccessful attempt at unification after the dissolution of first Constituent Assembly (CA) in 2013.

The merger did not materialise after Baidya asked Dahal to give up the CA process. This time, however, the merger between the two parties is a certain, given the changed political scenario and promulgation of the new constitution, claimed the leaders from both parties. The unification has become somewhat a matter of compulsion for the two parties since they have lost a significant number of supporters over the years. The unification talks between the two parties picked speed soon after Baburam Bhattarai quit UCPN (Maoist) two months ago. If things go as planned, the two parties could hold the general convention within next two to three months. Top leaders of the two parties are currently discussing how the new constitution should be viewed.

UCPN (Maoist) has said that though the promulgation of the constitution from the CA is a great achievement, there are still some issues that need to be addressed. Meanwhile, CPN-Maoist has said that the constitution should not be seen as an achievement and there is still a need for a greater political struggle to achieve the goals set by the party. UCPN (Maoist) Spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma said the unification process will move forward once the two parties have settled the differences regarding the constitution. The CPN (Maoist) is still of the view that UCPN (Maoist) should shun the parliamentary line for the unification, arguing that the latter has been trapped in parliamentary system which has been institutionalised by the constitution. Sharma, however, said that the argument does not hold up well in the changed circumstance. He added the unification will surely take place as it is a demand of time.

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