Maoists attacked police and army in Ilam of East Nepal Sunday night. Here are images from the spot.
By Benup Raj Bhattarai
She is Manaratna Rai, 80, the wife of Harka Bahadur Rai who was killed by the bullet fired by the security force in the fight with Maoists. In this photo, she is seen heading for her husband’s funeral. He husband was sleeping in his house in Red Cross Marga in the district headquarter when the fight erupted.
Maoists destroyed houses like one seen in the photo (which belongs to Dhan Bahadur Thapa, the newly elected Mayor of Ilam) by blasting bombs and setting fire.
People trying to fix drinking water supply pipe that were damaged by bullets and bombs. The drinking water supply has been interrupted in many places.
Door of a house damaged in the attack. The house belonged to a civilian.
It’s probably better to stay in the government’s jail than in the rebel’s captivity. At least these five women must be thinking like that. They were taken away by the Maoists after the Ilam clash from the district jail. In this photo, they are seen returning to the jail after Maoists left them at Shanti Dada, a hill west of Ilam’s headquarter. Maoists had freed 103 inmates and according to the administration “40 have come to the contact.”