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Nepal minister dismisses claims of Maoist training naxalites

A senior Nepalese minister today dismissed claims that Nepal Maoists were providing arms and training to Indian naxalites, amid a probe by the government.

world Updated: Nov 13, 2010 19:15 IST

A senior Nepalese minister on Saturday dismissed claims that Nepal Maoists were providing arms and training to Indian naxalites, amid a probe by the government.

Rakam Chengjong, the Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, said Nepal has not allowed any terrorist activities on its soil.

"Neither the Indian Maoists nor the (banned Pakistan-based terror group) Lashker-e-Toiba had any network in Nepalese territory," the minister said at a press meet in eastern Nepal.

The issue has sparked a row in Nepal after Sujata Koirala, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, said the government has been investigating the claims by India that the former Nepal rebels have been providing training to the ultra-Left Indian naxalites in the country.

Koirala last week confirmed the receipt of a letter from Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood in which he expressed concern over Maoists providing arms and training to naxalites in India.

Earlier Maoists supremo Prachanda dismissed it as rumours, which were part of plot to defame the party.

The Maoists accused the Nepal Government, India and the Nepal Army for hatching a conspiracy to defame the Nepalese Maoists.

Prachanda, known for his anti-India rhetoric, has frequently accused India of "naked interference" in Nepal and dictating to its leaders.

The army has already dismissed the "conspiracy" theory of the Maoists.

Koirala last week confirmed the receipt of a letter from the Indian Ambassador in which he expressed concern over Maoists providing arms and training to naxalites.

Maoists, who briefly led a coalition under Prachanda after the party emerged as the largest single party in 2008 elections, has been involved in a deep struggle with other mainstream parties to lead another government.