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Clashes erupt between villagers and Maoists in Nepal

india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 14:24 IST

Security forces were sent Monday to a village in southern Nepal where clashes occurred between villagers and communist rebels, an official said.

Police officials and medical workers were sent to Devapur village, where villagers attacked and killed a Maoist rebel last week after accusing him of raping a local woman, said Bhola Siwakoti, the government administrator in the area.

Rebels in the area retaliated, beating up some of the villagers over the weekend, he said.

The village, about 160 kms south of the capital, Kathmandu, is in an area with a strong rebel presence.

Dozens of people in the village have fled to neighbouring areas, fearing attacks from the rebels, Siwakoti said.

He said the situation remains tense but the team of officials would try to restore order.

The rebels have stopped violence since declaring a ceasefire and beginning peace talks with the government in April.

However, there have been some cases of rebels clashing with villagers and opposition groups in some areas despite the cease-fire.

The rebels began an armed insurgency in 1996 demanding a communist state. More than 13,000 people have been killed in the fighting.