India concerned over Maoist-Naxalite link; Nepal assures probe

India has lodged a strong protest with Nepal over the involvement of Maoist leaders in providing training to Indian Naxalites, prompting Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala to assure an investigation into the allegations.

Last Updated: Nov 05, 2010, 18:07 PM IST

Kathmandu: India has lodged a strong
protest with Nepal over the involvement of Maoist leaders in
providing training to Indian Naxalites, prompting Foreign
Minister Sujata Koirala to assure an investigation into the
allegations.

New Delhi`s Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood had handed
over separate letters to Nepal Home Secretary and Foreign
Secretary in late October, expressing India`s concern over the
issue, Indian embassy sources said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Koirala,
confirmed the receipt of a letter from the Indian side which
expressed concern over the Maoists involvement in imparting
training to the Naxalites, and said the government will
investigate the matter.

She, however said that she has not yet gone through
it. "If this is true, it is a very serious matter," Koirala
told PTI.

"I will also ask the Home Ministry to investigate into
the matter seriously," she said, adding the investigations
will begin after the Deepawali holidays.

"If the Nepalese Maoists are involved in providing
training to the Indian Maoists then the government will take
steps to stop such activities," she said.

According to a report in The Kathmandu Post, some 200
Naxalites from India have taken part in training being
provided by Nepalese Maoists in different districts of Terai,
including Nawalparasi, Dang, Udaypur and Makwanpur.
Maoists from different Naxalite-infested areas in
India received ideological and warfare training at different
camps in Nepal, the daily had reported.

Foreign Ministry sources also admitted that high-level
Maoists from Nepal may be involved in imparting training to
the Indian Maoists.

However, the Maoists could not be contacted for their
comments. The party has also not issued any formal statement
reacting on the allegations.

PTI