Nepal: UNMIN concerned over Maoists` involvement in violence

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

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 23:36 PM IST

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

UNMIN chief Karin Landgren has sent a letter yesterday
to Maoist army commander Nanda Kishor Pun `Pasang` to draw his
attention to the alleged involvement of Maoist army personnel
in a clash with villagers in Thotri Village in Sindhuli
District on September 16 and in a robbery in Gwagha Village in
Gulmi district on August 24.
A group of 50 Maoist combatants led by Navin Baral at
Dudhauli-based Satellite Camp No 2 in Sindhuli district,
allegedly stormed Tandi Village Development Committee and
Dudhauli VDC and thrashed the villagers.

In another incident, Maoist combatants from
Nawalparasi-based satellite Camp No 4 had allegedly ransacked
Gulmi district`s Gwagha village, according to a statement
issued by UNMIN.

"The issue will be raised in the next meeting of the
Joint Monitoring Coordination Committee (JMCC), which is
responsible for supervising the implementation of the
agreement on monitoring of arms and armies," the statement
stated.

The UNMIN has urged the UCPN-Maoist and the commanders
of the two satellite camps to fully cooperate with the ongoing
police investigation into the incidents.
"UNMIN further calls on the UCPN-Maoist and all
parties to adhere strictly to the peace agreements and refrain
from issuing provocative statements," the statement said.

The UNMIN is a special political mission in support of
the peace process in Nepal. It monitors the management of arms
and armed personnel of the Nepal Army and the Maoist army.

The rehabilitation and integration of 19,602 Maoist
combatants with the army, currently living in 28 UN-supervised
camps, is at the heart of the stalled peace process in the
country.

PTI