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Former maoist leader accused of illegally collecting funds

Sacked maoist trade union leader Shalikram Jamarkattel has been accused of illegally collecting donations to celebrate the International Workers' Day by issuing some 3,000 letters to various businessman.

world Updated: Apr 13, 2011 14:32 IST

Sacked maoist trade union leader Shalikram Jamarkattel has been accused of illegally collecting donations to celebrate the International Workers' Day by issuing some 3,000 letters to various businessman.

Trade union leaders have accused the recently sacked union chief of "illegitimately collecting donations" from businessmen in and outside Kathmandu, though the party has already relieved him from the post, according to a news report.

Jamarkattel, also a Member of Parliament and believed to be close to maoist chief Prachanda, has issued the letters to various businessmen and industrialists on April 10 even as he was sacked from the Maoist affiliated All Nepal National Trade Union Federation on April 7, according to Republica daily.

The maoist trade union was split into three factions: one led by Jamarkattel, another led by Badri Bajgain, close to senior vice president Mohan Vaidya and the third one led by Laldhoj Nemwang close to vice president Baburam Bhattarai.

After the split in the trade union the maoist leadership had dissolved all the three factions on April 7.

However, even after the dissolution Jamarkattel issued letters for collecting donations, say party sources.

Each letter demands Rs one lakh from businessmen.

The maoists are planning to display their power by organising countrywide rallies as part of the International Workers' Day celebrations on May 1.