Expressing serious concern over what it said were criminal activities of YCL (that is, Young Communist League of the Maoist party), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the government to independently and impartially probe crimes committed by the Maoist youth wing and punish them on charges of criminal offence. “NHRC has received complaints and information that YCL has committed inhuman activities like abduction, murder, beating and issuing threats. NHRC expresses serious concern over these activities,” NHRC said in a statement issued yesterday.
In the statement, NHRC, the constitutional human rights watchdog, has listed 10 complaints it has received in recent days against the Maoist youth wing. They are:
* Murder of Ram Hari Shrestha after abduction.
* Seriously beating and injuring UML cadres Ram Singh Rai, Khagendra Kumar Rai, Dedraj Basnet and Kul Bahadur Rai at Kulung Bhojpur. All are being treated at TU Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu.
* Destroying the house of Chandra Bahadur Shrestha of Okharpauwa, Nuwakot, accusing him of not casting vote for the Maoists and being active against Maoists. The house was under construction.
* Beating up and injuring Rameshwor Pokharel, a teacher of Nepane Secondary School in Gorkha for not casting vote for CPN (Maoist).
* Disrupting drinking water supply by cutting the pipes in Nawalpur-8, Sindhupalchowk, accusing villagers of not voting for Maoists and for not donating money for a road construction project.
* Death threats from YCL has forced the five-member family of one Nara Bahadur Gurung to flee their home in Changthapu VDC of Panchthar district.
* Mercilessly beating up five brothers of a family at Kaskikot of Kaski district.
* Manhandling Ram Banjare, the owner of Gulmeli Hotel in Arghakhanchi.
* Threatening Pratap Singh Tamang of Hokse VDC, Kavre district for voting Nepali Congress.
* Beating up teachers Krishna Prasad Pathak and Ram Nath Tiwari of Rameshwor Higher Secondary School in Chitwan.
Continue reading Young Criminal League? Here is Why.
Eye on Maoist: The Koteshwor area of Kathmandu is tense today, just like yesterday, with traffic to and from Bhaktapur completely disrupted by the agitating locals who are protesting the brutal murder of a local resident by the Maoist PLA recently. Tires are being burnt. As I am typing these lines, people in Tinkune are shouting slogans against the Maoist atrocities.
Maoist chairman Prachanda, third from right, leader Baburam Bhattarai, fifth from right, and leader Badal, sixth, eat dinner in Ram Hari Shrestha’s (encircled) home a year ago. Pic courtesy Shrestha family Continue reading After the Dinner, They Ate Him Alive
A reporter’s diary detailing pre-election atrocities of the Maoist in far west Nepal in Blogmandu.
Residents of Koteshwor organized an anti-Maoist protest rally today by blocking traffic.
Eye on Maoist: Even after the surprise victory in the April 10 CA polls, the Maoist hasn’t changed its wartime behavior of intimidation, abduction and killings. The Maoist is increasingly looking like a criminal gang with its YCL engaged in organized efforts to take law into their hands. Here are a few examples of how Maoist (or YCL) are engaged in criminal activities:
Maoist cadres kill a capital resident: Maoist cadres killed Ram Hari Shrestha, a resident of Koteshwar in the Capital, after abducting him two weeks ago. The Maoist conceded that the Shrestha, who was also the chairman of local Tole development committee, was killed after abduction by his own party activists. Locals of Koteshwar disrupted the traffic in the area today afternoon following the airing of the news. They shouted slogans like Maobadi murdabad [Down with Maoist] Continue reading People on the Street Chant a New Slogan: Down With Maoist
Blogmandu: The story of Ratnapark and the debate of men on the street. Read in Nepali.
Eye on Maoist: Maoist cadres have cut off water pipes here at Dhukure of Angna VDC-5, Panchthar district, as punishment to the villagers for not supporting their party in the constituent assembly election. Chandra Dahal, secretary of the consumers committee, said local Maoist cadres blocked the water supply at four different places and affixed party flags there. Seventy households in the village have been using water from the pipes for the last three years. Continue reading Water Cut for Those Not Voting Maoist
Cadres of Maoist youth wing, YCL, thrashed a couple at Pwang VDC-8 of Rukum district yesterday accusing the latter of practicing witchcraft. Dal Bahadur Gharti and his pregnant wife, Devi, were severely beaten by local YCL cadres, Chunlal Gharti and Rajesh Malla, after the locals accused the Gharti couple of casting spell on a local girl, Bishnu Budathoki, who suddenly fell ill Friday (18 April) night. The locals also smeared black on the faces of Gharti couple and took them around the village after forcefully making them sign a paper stating that they would take responsibility if something goes wrong with Bishnu. Injured Dal Bahadur said, “They (YCL) forced us to concede to the allegation threatening us to drive out from the village.” Continue reading Who is the Real Witch? YCL or the Pregnant Woman?
As the vote counting was going on Maoit’s YCL cadres were stopping people at different places and searching their bodies, bags and wallets. Some Nepali Congress cadres were complaining that their money and mobile phones were confiscated. Maoists were searching for NC cadres and beating whoever they found.
By Damodar Neupane in Gorkha
Diary of a reporter
Many people might be curious to know how the election was conducted in the district where Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai won by the margin of more than 40 thousand votes. As soon as the voting ended in April 10 Nepali Congress and CPN UML complained to the Election Commission about voting irregularities. They refused to take part in the vote counting and because of that the counting was delayed by a day. Since representatives from other parties didn’t come, the counting began in the presence of the representatives from the Maoist and Janamorcha (Peoples’ Front). I reported about that live on Kantipur TV at 10 AM in April 11. Within hours Maoist cadre Amrit Upadhayay came to me and started debating over the report. As I was thinking there was no use in debating with them, my cell phone rang. I excused myself. Continue reading Maoist Madness After Victory
Eye on Maoist: Even as the Maoist leadership that is set to lead the government and is struggling hard to convince the international community that they will accept multi-party competitive politics and is pledging to fully respect others’ rights; Maoist cadres on the ground continue with their old practices of bullying, intimidating and threatening those belonging to rival parties. Eye on Maoist is UWB’s new category in which we will keep track of all such activities of the Maoists because we believe that NOW they must change.
Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League (YCL) on Wednesday (16 April) barred Nepali Congress (NC) candidate under the proportional representation system Gagan Thapa and his team as they were traveling on a vehicle from going to Madanpur in Nuwakot district, where re-poll is scheduled for Thursday. Thapa and his team were forced to return to Kathmandu after being stopped at Kakani at about 8 pm. Continue reading YCL Continues Bullying Even as Maoist is Set to Lead the Govt.