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Nepal Govt says not moving to stop Maoist protests

india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 14:53 IST
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The Nepal government has said it is not mobilising security forces in the capital city to thwart street protests by Maoists demanding to know the whereabouts of missing detainees and against pressure on them to lay down arms.

Following the threats by the Maoists to launch massive agitation, the government had recently stepped up security arrangements in the capital by deploying riot police and paramilitary forces.

But Home Minister Krishna Sitoula said the deployment was not intended to check Maoist demonstration but to control crime and ensure peace and security.

Meanwhile, CPN-UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal said the Maoists should not hinder the ongoing peace process by putting forward new terms and conditions before forming an interim government and going for constituent assembly polls.

"At a time when the nation has to go ahead by forming an interim government and forge mutual understanding, Maoists are trying to derail the peace process by raising the issues of disappeared people and arms management," Nepal said while addressing party leaders and cadres on Tuesday.

Referring to the recent public statement by Maoist leaders refusing to send their People's Liberation Army into cantonments, Nepal said, "It has raised serious concern about the future of the peace process."

The Maoist combatants should be ready to stay inside cantonments after verifying and registration process under UN supervision as per the past agreements, he said.