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Nepal tense over ‘import’ of arms

world Updated: Feb 20, 2010 23:21 IST
Utpal Parashar

Maoists in Nepal laid seized to two Armed Police Force (APF) vehicles for nearly six hours on Friday night alleging they were being used to bring arms from India in violation of the peace agreement.

Police resorted to force to finally release the vehicles and bring them to the APF headquarters in Kathmandu on Saturday morning.

Some UCPN (Maoist) leaders and members of the party’s youth wing, Young Communist League, were injured.

“There was no violation of the peace agreement. The trucks were transporting arms and explosives meant for APF training from one place to another,” said Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.

Home Minister Bhim Rawal also denounced the Maoist allegation that the peace agreement, which imposed a ban on arms procurement by Nepal Army during the peace process, had been violated.

“The agreement doesn’t impose restriction on arms import by Nepal Police or APF. By making such allegations, Maoists are trying to derail the peace process and create an atmosphere of lawlessness,” he said.

Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma, however, said that the government was trying to procure arms for Nepal Army by using the APF and derail the peace process.

The peace agreement signed between the Maoists and the Nepal government in 2006 after the civil war had stipulated that neither Peoples’ Liberation Army (the armed wing of CPN (Maoist) or the Nepal Army would procure arms till completion of the peace process.