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Ceasefire violations by Maoists increasing: Committee

Of the 1,300 complaints received by the monitoring committee over the past six months of ceasefire, 75% were linked to the Maoists.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 13:09 IST
Shirish B Pradhan (PTI)
Shirish B Pradhan (PTI)

A committee monitoring the ceasefire between Nepal's government and Maoists has said that violations by the rebels have registered an upswing in recent weeks with 75 per cent of the 1,300 complaints received by it linked to the rebels.

The ceasefire code of conduct National Monitoring Committee headed by Birendra Prasad Mishra summoned Maoist talks team member Dev Gurung to its office on Sunday and complained that violations of the code of conduct by the rebels were on the rise.

Of the 1,300 complaints received by the monitoring committee over the past six months of ceasefire, 75 per cent were linked to the Maoists, the committee said and urged the rebels to take immediate steps to implement the 25-point code of conduct they signed with the government.

The government and the Maoist talks teams signed the code during the second round of peace talks on May 26.

There were 74 complaints, 30 pertaining to abductions by rebels since the Dusshera festival, one of the committee members said.

Most of the complaints are related to extortion, abduction, torture, seizure of property, display of arms in public places and parading of armed groups, he said.

The committee has asked Gurung to take immediate steps for making public whereabouts of abducted people.

It also urged them to take initiatives to set up a joint team with the government to implement the report.

Gurung accepted his party has failed to properly implement the code at the local level because its leaders were more focussed on settling political differences with the ruling alliance.

Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man abducted by the Maoists has died in their captivity in Jhapa district on Saturday, police said.

The rebels also abducted seven people in Dang district in western Nepal on charges of hooliganism and also took control three people on charges of robbery in Hetauda in central Nepal.

The Maoists have said that they won't return the land they seized from the people before the political settlement of the armed conflict.

First Published: Oct 23, 2006 13:09 IST