Nepal: Maoist suspends 2 central members from party

Maoist party in Nepal is under mounting pressure to stop its rein of terror.

Kathmandu: Under mounting pressure to stop its rein of terror, the Maoist party in Nepal has suspended two of its central committee members for their alleged involvement in looting and financial irregularities.

The standing committee of the party has suspended Kali Bahadur Kham, a commander of the People`s Liberation Army, and ordered an investigation into his alleged involvement in looting a Chinese businessman in the capital few months ago.

Kham is also in the most wanted list of Nepal Police and faces charges of murder and robbery.

Ram Prasad Banjade was suspended for abusing his power while awarding various contracts.

The Maoist party has recently formed a powerful disciplinary committee to take action against those involved in financial irregularity and cultural deviations, the party sources said.

Recently, Nepali Congress asked Maoists to stop their violent activities and dismantle its armed youth wing to create an environment of trust to carry forward the peace process in the country.

The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has also expressed serious concern over the alleged involvement of Maoist combatants in incidents of violence recently.