CPN-Maoist cadres capture magnesite quarry in Dolakha

DOLAKHA, ekantipur.com, NOV 11 – Cadres of the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist on Saturday announced that they have captured a magnesite quarry in Dolakha district.

A group of Baidya loyalists reached the Lankuridianda-based Kharidhunga Magnesite Mine area in the evening and announced the seizure of the mine area by hoisting party flags.

The Maoist district committee, in a statement, said that the party resorted to this move as the government is selling the magnesite quarry to private company at throwaway prices. The statement signed by the party’s district secretary, Surya Baral, said that the party took captured the state property to protect it from being misused.

The government and some private companies had been operating the mine under the banner of Nepal Oriental Magnesite Company. The mine is out of whack now.

When the Post took this matter before Chief District Officer Kali Prasad Parajuli, he dismissed the Maoist claim. He said the Maoist activists just hoisted their pary flags in the quarry but the area is not under their control. The local administration will take action if anyone tries to take the ownership of the mine illegally, Parajuli said. During the insurgency period the then CPN (Maoist) had torched bulldozers, loaders, tipper trucks and quarters belonging to the mine.

Posted on: 2012-11-11 03:00

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Maoists capture Magnesite plant

SUBASH YONJAN, The Himalayan Times

CHARIKOT, November 10, 2012: CPN-Maoist, Dolakha, has seized the Kharidhunga-based Orient Magnesite Industry on the pretext that the government was preparing to hand over the industry to mafias in the name of privatisation.

A group of Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist activists on Saturday hoisted the party flag in the industry and declared the seizure of the industry. CPN-Maoist Dolakha in-charge Purna Bahadur Khadka said, “Party has captured the industry to stop the government from handing over the property worth millions to the mafias in the name of privatisation.”

Maoist Dolakha Secretary Kshitiz said they had seized the industry to prevent the misuse of state property.

Kshitiz made it clear that his party would not allow the government property to be privatised at any cost. He said that Ministry of Industry had left the industry to six security personnel and that different groups were visiting the industry on daily basis to take control of it. “If the local administration does not take action, our party will take action against those who try to take control of the industry,” Kshitiz said.

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