After they killed her husband Shusil Gyawali, a displaced citizen, Maoists attacked Mithu by Khukuri (Nepali knife). She was taken to Bheri Zonal Hospital in Nepaljung. Pic by Janak Nepal via Kantipur
With the killing of Sushil Gyawali, a Nepali Congress activist, at his home in Bardia, and other atrocities committed by armed Maoist cadres in the past few days, we need to ask Prachanda, the rebel’s supreme commander, several questions: Comrade, are you really serious in bringing peace? Were these incidents of killing and atrocities happened on your order or these are just examples of the failure of chain of command in your party? Are you sure your cadres are following your orders? Or is this just a ploy to exert pressure on Girija Prasad Koirala for his remarks on space to the king?
12-year-old Mamta Dawadi of Birenchowk, Gorkha district, cries in front of journalists on Friday after she successfully escaped from Maoist captivity. Maoists had abducted her three weeks ago and severely tortured her in captivity. Pic by Damodar Neupane (see related report inside)
Here we present news reports of Maoist atrocities in the past few days. (source)
Rebels Kill Nepali Congress Man
By Janak Nepal
NEPALGUNJ, AUG 18 Maoists Thursday night stabbed to death Sushil Gyawali, 41, of Motipur VDC, Bardia at his home. The armed group of rebels also attacked Gyawali’s wife Mitthu with a khukuri, seriously injuring her, as she tried to stop them.
After killing Gyawali, an active member of Nepali Congress, the assailants had dragged his body to a nearby cornfield before fleeing the scene. The incident occurred around 11 pm.
Mitthu, who has sustained deep wounds on her arms and legs, is undergoing treatment at Bheri Zonal Hospital in Nepalgunj. According to police, she has identified two of the attackers as local Maoist cadres — Dhan Bahadur Tharu and Prabhu Tharu.
Meanwhile, security officials stationed at Basgadi Bazaar, with the help of locals, arrested the two rebels allegedly involved in the murder.
Locals claim that the rebels killed Gyawali “fearing he would expose their timber smuggling racket.” The apprehended Maoists, who have confessed to the crime, said that Gyawali was killed because he had been spying on them, police said. Meanwhile, locals in Motipur VDC have been taking out rallies against the killing, blocking the East-West Highway.
CDO, Others Held Captive By Maoists For Hours
By Shankar Acharya
BARA, AUG 18- A group of Maoists including some local villagers Friday took the Chief District Officer (CDO) of Bara district along with some security officials, engineers and 10 media men into control for two-and-half hours following a dispute over dam construction at Jamuniya River in Laxmipur Kotwali area.
CDO Bhola Prasad Shivakoti, other officials and journalists had visited the area to inspect the construction site. The rebels and the locals insisted with the visiting team in favor of constructing the dam at Mahendra Adarsh VDC instead of at Kotwali.
CDO Shivakoti stated they were confined inside Janaki Oil Store from 12:30 to 3 PM. Those captured were Ali Akhtar Husen, district chief of the National Investigation Department, engineers Rama Nanda Yadav and Shiva Chaudhary, journalists Shatrugna Nepal, Sujeet Mahat (The Kathmandu Post), Pankaj Shrestha (cameraman of Kantipur TV), and Ram Sharraf (photojournalist) among others.
The Maoists and villagers misbehaved with media men according to journalists. They snatched Sharraf’s camera, 1,000 rupees and a diary and later returned them to him.
Minor Tortured In Maoist Captivity
By Damodar Neupane
GORKHA, AUG 18- A minor who was abducted by Maoists three weeks ago from Prithvi Narayan Municipality in Gorkha district has fled Maoist detention and arrived home safely. Mamta Dawadi, a 12-year-old girl, was abducted by Maoists on July 27 from her house in the municipality. (see the photo of Mamta above)
She said she had been abducted to recruit her in the Maoist army. She recalled being subjected to harsh physical and mental torture during detention. She was taken away from the house by a woman leader of the CPN-Maoist called Shobha Lamichhane, who said she would buy slippers for her in the local market. Shobha is also a distant relative.
Immediately after Shobha bought slippers for her, 15 personnel of the “Peoples’ Liberation Army” of the Maoists abducted her.
“I had told her to buy me slippers at Birrnchowk bazaar near our house, but she took me to Gorkha bazaar,” she said, “Then she took me to Chhepetar.”
She was ordered to tell her mom over the phone that it was not abduction but a rebellion in favor of the Peoples’ War. “They said they would kill me and throw my body into a river if I refused to obey,” she said. She also said they did not give her food and did not let her write letters to her mother. According to her, she beat her and when her body was bruised, they provided her medical treatment. She is still taking medicines.
During her stay, the Maoists also briefly trained her about weapons. “They assigned me jobs like cleaning and carrying weapons. They threatened to cut my nose if I refused.”
At last she escaped from detention with the help of a Maoist cadre. The Maoists have been claiming she joined them voluntarily.
Locals Of Siraha Rally Against Maoists
Lahan, Aug 18 – Locals of Siraha district organised a protest rally against the Maoists on Friday. The villagers from different VDCs of the district thronged the district headquarters Lahan and chanted slogans against the Maoist atrocities.The villagers were carrying placards that read “stop the atrocities”, “follow the code of conduct”, “reimburse the victims”, etc.
Organised in reaction to the seven-hour-long scuffle between the Maoists and Janatantrik Mukti Morcha on Wednesday, the locals said that they were against any sort of violence in the district. After the protest rally, the villagers submitted a memorandum to the District Administration Office demanding the control of Maoist atrocities and increase in police vigilance. (source)
Human Rights Bodies Denounce Murder By Maoists
KATHMANDU, Aug 18 – Human rights organizations have expressed serious concern over the murder of Nepali Congress cadre Sushil Gyanwali by Maoists at Motipur VDC of Bardia district Thursday night. They have also said their attention has been drawn to the attack on an Insec (Informal Sector Service Center) vehicle by a group in the Bansgadi area of Bardia. According to a joint statement issued by Defend Human Rights Movement (DHRM) and Insec, the vehicle was heading for Motipur VDC to investigate the murder.
The two organizations have said they are concerned that the Maoists are giving continuity to such condemnable acts in breach of the 25-point Code of Conduct worked out with the government. They have also said that attacking the vehicle deliberately means disrupting the investigation of the murder and called on the Maoist leadership to make clear their views on the incident. (source)
Armed Maoist troops patrol the East-West Highway at Chandranigahapur in Rautahat, Friday. The rebels have recently set up a camp in the area. According to Maoists’ “western sub-bureau” member Arabandi, armed rebels were mobilized “to check” the increasing incidence of robberies along the highway and in adjoining villages. Pic by Shiva Puri via the Kathmandu Post
Prachanda, the Maoist Leader, Directs Forces At Kami Danda (source)
KATHMANDU, Aug 18 – Maoist supremo Prachanda on Friday returned to the capital after giving directions to the Maoist army stationed at a temporary barracks in Kami Danda, Kavrepalanchowk.
Prachanda and number two in the Maoists’ ‘chain of command’ Dr Baburam Bhattarai had arrived at Kami Danda on Thursday.
According to the Maoists’ Third Division Commander Bibidh, Prachanda directed the Maoist army to remain disciplined and cooperate in the peace process. He also informed them about the UN team’s arrival in Nepal to supervise and monitor the management of arms. Prachanda and Dr Bhattarai also had discussions with the Third Division Commander separately.
Armed Maoists Can’t Be Treated Like Political Party: Prime Minister Koirala
By Madhav Ghimire
BIRATNAGAR, Aug 18 – The Maoists cannot be recognized as a political part until they give up arms, Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala said here on Friday.
“We cannot take the Maoists as a political party as long as their cadres carry arms,” said Koirala, talking to party cadres and journalists at his home where he has been staying for the past five days.
Koirala said the government and the Seven-Party Alliance have been making enough room for the Maoists to convert themselves into a political party. “Our collaboration with them is possible only after they gain the status of a political party,” he added. Koirala, however, went on to say the peace talks would yield a positive result. He also claimed that Nepal’s success with peace talks would be an exemple for others as well. “It is time for all forces to enter a peace process. We are waiting for the arrival of the UN force,” said the octogenarian leader. He said he has asked the Nepali ambassador to the USA to create a conducive atmosphere for the departure of the UN team to Nepal.
Koirala also asserted that those proved guilty of suppressing the Janaandolan will not be spared. “Let the commission complete its task first.” (source)
Govt Seeks Maoist Suggestions On Camps
KATHMANDU, Aug 18 – The government has asked the Maoists for their plan on where and how camps for the rebel combatants are to be set up, Home Minister Krishna Sitaula said on Friday. “We have demanded proposals on the places for setting up such camps,” Sitaula told the Peace Process Monitoring Committee of the House of Representatives. He was informing the Committee about progress in the ongoing peace talks between the government and the Maoists.
Sitaula, who leads the government negotiating team, said the places and process for setting up camps for the Maoists will be decided through bilateral talks. “There has been some delay in receiving a proposal from the Maoists since they are in internal discussion on the issue,” said Sitaula.
Sitaula said three agreements — on ceasefire, peace and human rights — will be signed within a month. By that time, the UN team will be here on the ground.
Sitaula also said the process of finalizing the interim constitution was delayed due to delay in reaching a consensus among the seven parties in the alliance, and with the Maoists on core issues like the modality of the constituent assembly elections and the interim legislature. Sitaula urged the MPs to put pressure on their respective parties to reach agreement on the fundamental issues to be included in the interim statute. He also said the dialogue teams will start looking into the statute draft within eight days. Meanwhile, Responding to queries from MPs, Home Minister Sitaula informed the House of Representatives Friday that 53 police posts out of 1,116 that were relocated due to fear of Maoist attack have been restored to their origional places. (source)