Police ‘spying’ on leaders of CPN-M splinter group

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Nov 29, 2014-

Police have placed under surveillance Netra Bikram Chand and other leaders who are planning to form a new party and launch an “armed rebellion” following split from the CPN-Maoist.

Sources at Nepal Police say movements of Chand and various other leaders are being tracked and observed by special bureau, a police agency that gathers information on terrorism and other criminal activities. They are also doing background checks on possible party members of the new party.

“There are threats from Chand’s previous cadres who did not like the party split,” said a source at police headquarters. “Amid rumours of armed struggle, it’s imperative that we keep a close eye and learn about their plans.”

According to police, cadres close to Chand are targeting CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’, who has been at loggerheads with the former ever since their split from the UCPN-Maoist. The cadres are said to have daubed messages of armed rebellion at residence of Badal and other high-level CPN-Maoist leaders. “We have assessed that the leaders of both CPN-Maoist and the splinter group are facing threats from rival cadres. Security has also been provided  to leaders to avoid any untoward incidents,” added the police source.

Nepal Police spokesperson Deputy Inspector General Madhav Joshi denied that former CPN-Maoist leaders were under police “scrutiny”, but said they were providing security to leaders just like to any others leaders of parties.  

Around five dozen CPN-Maoist dissenters reportedly gathered outside the Valley to discuss on new party formation on Thursday, three days after party Secretary Chand announced his spilt with the establishment. Besides discussions on modality, strategy and date for the formation of the new party, the meeting focused on waging another “armed rebellion” in the country, according to informed sources.

Published: 30-11-2014 10:15

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