Maoist Cantonment Inspection: Weather God Not Happy in Sindhuli

But Inspection Successful in Ilam.

Weather God not satisfied with the Peace Agreement between Nepal government and CPN Maoist? That might not be the case but the helicopter carrying UN, government and Maoist officials to inspect a Maoist-proposed cantonment site couldn’t land in Sindhuli this afternoon because of deteriorating weather condition. According to a report filed by Kantipur journalist based in Sindhulimadhi, the chopper made two rounds over Sindhuligadhi at around 3 PM trying unsuccessfully to make it through the thick fog. Maoist leaders, Nepal Army officials, seven party representatives, journalists and members of general public were present at the helipad from the very morning to receive the inspection team. With them were flowers, garlands and vermillion powder. CPN Maoist has proposed to keep the second of total seven divisions of its army in the historical fort (Sindhuligadhi), 25 kilometers north of the district headquarter. Under the second division are three brigades- Solu Selleri, Rambrikshya and BK Memorial. According to Shangram, the commander of Rambrikshya, preparations are going on to keep three brigades in Kamalakhoj, Manikshetra and Sarlahi Chure range.

Okay, the weather God wasn’t uncooperative in eastern district of Ilam where the tripartite inspection team landed successfully and inspected the Maoist-proposed cantonment site in the Chulachuli region. Even weather God can’t derail the Nepali peace process if the Moaist is serious to implement the agreement. And all developments indicate, the party is serious in bringing peace in country. Here is a report by Kantipur Ilam reporter Benup Raj Bhattarai:

As part of the first phase to inspect the seven Maoist-proposed cantonment sites, the tripartite team had arrived at Kamaljhoda of Chulachuli VDC 1, this afternoon and had an overview of the region. The joint team comprising of Minister for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Pradip Gyawali, Defence Secretary Bishnu Dutta Uprety, UN security expert Jan Erik Wilhemson and Maoist deputy commanders Baldev and Pasang made an assessment of the area for about one and a half hours before returning to the capital this evening. The tripartite meeting held between the government, Maoists and the UN monitoring team yesterday had decided to confine the PLA members in the Maoist-proposed cantonment sites by November 21. The Chulachuli region lies 50 kilometres south of district headquarters Ilam and is near to Damak of Jhapa district.

As per the agreement, seven main and 21 tributary cantonments would be established in Palpa, Kavre, Rolpa, Kailali, Surkhet, Illam and Sindhuli to confine the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) members. Maoist sources say some 5,000 PLA will be settled under one division. According to Biplav-Sirjan Smriti Brigade commissar Sudarshan, three brigades will be established in the vicinity of Sankhejung, Siddhithumka and Phikkal VDC of Ilam. He said, though, the PLA members were decentralized as of now, once the camp is established they will be settled inside.