In a late reaction, Maoists in Nepal have denied India’s allegation of having provided ideological and military training to Naxals with help of Pakistan’s Lashar-e-Toiba.
Speaking to Hindustan Times on Tuesday, United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai termed the charge as "unwarranted provocation".
On October 25, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood had submitted a letter to Nepal Home Minister Bhim Rawal detailing training being provided to Naxals on Nepali soil.
It mentions two instances when leaders from Peoples Liberation Army, the military wing of UCPN (M), had imparted training to Communist Party of India (Maoist) cadres from Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.
"We have never provided any training to Indian Maoists. We are not foolish to spoil our good relations with India by indulging in such acts," Bhattarai said.
"When we didn’t do any such thing during the civil war when we were underground why would we get involved now when we have joined the mainstream?" he questioned.
Bhattarai said that India’s allegation could be a reaction to the shoe-hurling incident at Solukhumbu last month when Indian Ambassador Sood was targeted by Maoist protestors.