May protest: Thousands of Nepal Maoists pour in capital
Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 16:03
  
Kathmandu: Thousands of Maoist cadres started pouring in the capital ahead of a planned anti- government protest on May 1 aimed at upstaging the ruling coalition.

As many as 20,000 Maoist cadres are already in the capital coming from different parts of the country for the massive show of strength and the subsequent indefinite strike to topple the government, according to reports.

Dozens of Maoists, who have come in mostly from villages, are frequently seen walking around in groups in the capital.

Many of them have taken shelter in schools, hostels, private buildings, factories and other vacant buildings, with some residents accusing the cadres of forcefully occupying private buildings. The Maoists have also asked guest houses to accommodate their cadres.

A cottage and small industry fair had to be cancelled after the Maoist cadres set camp at the Bhrikutimandap Exhibition Hall, an organiser said.

Police said six cadres were arrested carrying khukuris or sharp knives.

The Home Ministry issued a statement asking people to provide police information about any forceful occupation of schools, factories, hotels and private buildings.

The Maoists have said they would launch a massive agitation if the government fails to accept their demands by May 1.

The government has said it would not hesitate to deploy the Army if the demonstrations went out of control.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 16:03


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