Maoist rebels have abducted 15 students from three schools in Bhojpur district of eastern Nepal to make them undergo military training without the consent of their parents, media here reported on Thursday.
The students, including five girls, were taken to some unknown destination despite their parents' objections, The Kathmandu Post reported quoting eyewitnesses.
The rebels have also intensified extortion drive ahead of the Hindu festival of Vijaya Dashami despite their commitment not to do so during the ceasefire, according to ekantipur.com, the website of the Post.
In Arghakhachi district, the Maoists are collecting "tax" money for their village government from civil servants as well as people returning home from abroad, the report said.
The Maoists have been collecting Rs 15,000 as "Dashera Tax" from all government offices in the district, it said.