No conflict in country, says talks team

  • Dissolved panel urges government to curb illegal activities of the Chand-led CPN and to keep vigil of Raut’s separatist movement
- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu

Dec 28, 2018-

After holding talks with 23 different groups in more than four months, the high-level political dialogue committee has submitted its report, concluding that there is no conflict in the country any more.

However, the panel has urged the government to curb the illegal activities of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal and watch the activities of the CK Raut-led “Free Madhes” campaign.

Formed on August 24, the high-level panel led by former minister Som Prasad Pande was dissolved after it submitted its report to the prime minister on Wednesday.

The panel on Thursday met Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa to submit the report and discuss ways to withdraw 279 of the 607 politically motivated cases against individuals. According to the home minister’s secretariat, Thapa told the panel that they could get similar responsibility in future if necessary.

“Since all the forces, except a few ones, have already announced their commitment to mainstream politics, we have come to a conclusion that the country is no more in conflict,” said Pande, the team leader, adding that there was no need for the government to hold talks with them.

Criticised for failing to bring the Chand party to the talks table, the panel claimed that the outfit had no interest for talks. It has suggested curbing the group’s illegal activities.

The government had released all the central leaders of the CPN from police custody to create an environment for dialogue. However, after all the central leaders including Spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma were released, the party refused talks.

The panel claimed that three armed groups had shunned violence after surrendering their weapons earlier while three other such groups handed over their arms and ammunition to the panel.

According to panel member Leela Bhandari, the Tarai Janatantrik Mukti Morcha Krantikari (Abinash group) handed over 10 improvised guns; two revolvers, 12 bore guns and their ammunition; the Akhil Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha (Bibek group) submitted four country pistols and the Khambuwan Mukti Morcha Samyukta led by David Khambu presented five handmade guns and one magazine and ammunition to the administration.

However, four leaders of the Tarai Janatantrik Mukti Morcha (Krantikari), including Jaya Krishna Goit, refused to join talks, according to Bhandari.

Published: 28-12-2018 08:29

User's Feedback

Click here for your comments

Comment via Facebook

Don't have facebook account? Use this form to comment