Nepal dismisses claims of Maoist training naxalites

Nepal dismissed claims that Maoists were providing arms and training to Indian naxalites.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2010, 18:52 PM IST

Kathmandu: A senior Nepalese minister
on Saturday dismissed claims that Nepal Maoists were providing arms
and training to Indian naxalites, amid a probe by the
government.

Rakam Chengjong, the Minister for Peace and
Reconstruction, said Nepal has not allowed any terrorist
activities on its soil.

"Neither the Indian Maoists nor the (banned Pakistan-
based terror group) Lashker-e-Toiba had any network in
Nepalese territory," the minister said at a press meet in
eastern Nepal.

The issue has sparked a row in Nepal after Sujata
Koirala, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, said
the government has been investigating the claims by India that
the former Nepal rebels have been providing training to the
ultra-Left Indian naxalites in the country.

Koirala last week confirmed the receipt of a letter
from Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood in which he
expressed concern over Maoists providing arms and training to
naxalites in India.

Earlier Maoists supremo Prachanda dismissed it as
rumours, which were part of plot to defame the party.
The Maoists accused the Nepal Government, India and
the Nepal Army for hatching a conspiracy to defame the
Nepalese Maoists.

Prachanda, known for his anti-India rhetoric, has
frequently accused India of "naked interference" in Nepal and
dictating to its leaders.

The army has already dismissed the "conspiracy" theory
of the Maoists.

Koirala last week confirmed the receipt of a letter
from the Indian Ambassador in which he expressed concern over
Maoists providing arms and training to naxalites.

Maoists, who briefly led a coalition under Prachanda
after the party emerged as the largest single party in 2008
elections, has been involved in a deep struggle with other
mainstream parties to lead another government.

PTI