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India 'concerned' over Nepal Maoists' link with Naxalites

world Updated: Nov 06, 2010 22:03 IST

India has expressed "concern" over Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas providing arms and training to Indian Naxalites, prompting Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala to assure an investigation into the issue.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood had handed over separate letters to Nepal Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary in late October, expressing India's concern over the issue, Indian embassy sources said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Koirala confirmed the receipt of a letter from the India which expressed concern over the Maoists involvement in imparting training to the Naxalites, and said the government will investigate the matter.

She, however said that she has not yet gone through it. "If this is true, it is a very serious matter," Koirala told PTI.

"I will also ask the Home Ministry to investigate into the matter seriously," she said, adding the investigations will begin after the Deepawali holidays.

"If the Nepalese Maoists are involved in providing training to the Indian Maoists then the government will take steps to stop such activities," she said.

According to a report in The Kathmandu Post, some 200 Naxalites from India have taken part in training being provided by Nepalese Maoists in different districts of Terai, including Nawalparasi, Dang, Udaypur and Makwanpur.

Maoists from different Naxalite-infested areas in India received ideological and warfare training at different camps in Nepal, the daily had reported.

Foreign Ministry sources also admitted that high-level Maoists from Nepal may be involved in imparting training to
the Indian Maoists.

The Maoists, who have dismissed such reports in the past, could not be contacted for their comments on the latest row. The party has not issued any formal statement on the claims made by the Nepali newspaper.