Nepal: Stranded Maoist leaders, PM airlifted
Last Updated: Monday, March 05, 2012, 22:26
Kathmandu: Senior leaders of Nepal's ruling Maoist party, including the Prime Minister, were airlifted by the Army Monday after they were stranded in a western district because of a strike enforced by the former combatants.

Besides Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, UCPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya were among other half a dozen leaders left stranded in Pyuthan district.

The leaders had gone to Pyuthan to address a mass meeting organised by the UCPN-Maoist Pyuthan in Bijuwar yesterday.

The former combatants called for the strike demanding a lump sum of economic package for them, additional relief for injured, disabled and the pregnant women combatants.

The government had decided to provide economic package to those combatants who voluntarily chose to return to normal life.

However, the combatants who were disqualified on te basis of being late comers (joining the Maoist Army after the peace process started) and those who were under age were not provided any facility.

Both long and short route vehicles have not been operated from the district from morning today.

The strike has also crippled normal life in most of the districts outside Kathmandu.


First Published: Monday, March 05, 2012, 22:26

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