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The Maoists of Nepal

The Maoists, who follow the guerrilla strategy of "People's War", control large regions of rural Nepal.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 17:26 IST

The Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-Maoist) is a Maoist political party and military organisation founded in 1994. It is led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal also known as Prachanda.

The Maoists, who follow the guerrilla strategy of "People's War", control large regions of rural Nepal where people do not comply with the government.

While the Maoists claim that they want to overthrow the oppressive monarchy and are fighting for the rights of common people, critics say that they have contributed to several extra judicial killings and human rights violations.

Some of the major Communist leaders of Nepal are:

Pushpa Lal Shestra

Tulsi Lal Amatya

Keshar Jung Rayamjhi

Mohan Bikram Singh

Manmohan Adhikari

CP Mainali

Nirmal Lama

Sahana Pradhan

Madan Kumar Bhandari

Madhav Kumar Nepal

Prachandra

Baburam Bhattarai