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Prachanda bids `emotional` farewell to PLA bodyguards

Last Updated: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 20:46

Kathmandu: Nepal Maoist supremo Prachanda
bid an "emotional" farewell to his bodyguards from his former
guerrilla force PLA following a deal to end the dual security
for the top leaders of the ex-rebels.

"I thank all of you for the vigilance that you have
shown throughout your stay with me," UCPN-Maoist chairman was
quoted as saying by nepalnews online.

Acknowledging their hard work, an emotional Prachanda
wished the over four-dozen People`s Liberation Army (PLA)
combatants well in future at a farewell programme yesterday at
his residence in the capital.

"We have been together for the last 10 years and we
ate food in the same plate. Having to part with you has made
me emotional," a People`s Liberation Army (PLA) combatant
quoted Prachanda as saying.

Even as they were ready to follow the party’s
decisions, the PLA combatants felt the party now considered
them "redundant".

However, Prachanda explained the larger interest for
the nation amid efforts to push forward the stalled peace
process in the country.

"I have taken the risk for peace. I am the chairman of
the largest political party and it is the responsibility of
the state to make arrangements for my security," a leader
quoted Prachanda as saying.

The end of the dual security for the Maoist leaders
is part of a deal to push forward the 2006 stalled peace
process in the country.

The Army Integration Special Committee (AISC), which
is tasked to look into issues of the integration of the former
Maoist combatants into the security forces, has decided to
remove Maoist personnel from the security of senior Maoist


First Published: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 20:46

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