Earthquake brings old adversaries together

- AASH GURUNG, LAMJUNG

Jun 1, 2015-

Nepal Army personnel and former Maoist combatants have come together to construct temporary shelters in Lamjung district.

Villagers have taken note of the unity between the once-archrival state security forces and Maoist insurgents that fought a bitter war for years. NA soldiers and former Maoist fighters are constructing shelters in Ilampokhari and Dudhpokhari VDCs for the earthquake-displaced people. They are also involved in building huts for several demolished schools. Maoist activists are united under the banner of Tamu Mukti Morcha (TMM) for reconstruction.

Khusiman Tamang of Ilampokhari-5 appreciated the help of the Army personnel and ex-Maoist guerrillas. He lost his son Aashlal in crossfire in 2005. Aashlal was a Maoist battalion commander.

“We should be united in nation building”, said Maoist lawmaker Lal Bahadur Gurung, adding that they are enemies no more.

According to Pashupati Prasad Battalion chief Dik Bahadur Thapa, a team of 20 soldiers have been deployed in the quake-hit areas of Dudhpokhari, Bichaur, Ilampokhari, Kolki, Gaunda and Pachok VDCs. “This is a great opportunity to serve the people”, said Thapa, adding that they have been working for rescue and resettlement of the quake-hit people. TMM Chairman Bakhan Singh Gurung said they are happy to work together with the NA. “We are unified in resolving people’s problems”, he said.

Published: 02-06-2015 07:26

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