Nepal: Sharpening Ideological, Political, and physical conflict between Maost Factions

Nepal Toda, Tuesday, April 10, 2012

MORE DETAILS OF PROTESTS

Kathmandu, 11 April: The Baidhya faction said they will burn effigies of Chairman Prachanda and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, who is also party vice-chairman.
Besides ideological supporters of Baidhya group supported by11 other communist parties in a front, dissidents are supported by some elements on the paramilitary wing YCL, fighters who went on voluntary retirement and fighters who were disqualified by UNMIN, a political agency of UN before quitting id-January2011 before completion of peace and constitution.

OVERVIEW OF TUESDAY’S DEVELOPMENTS
Kathmandu, 11 April: Maoist fighters’ regrouping process was halted today as well at different PLA cantonments across the country due to insecurity following clashes between the fighters, The Himalayan Times reports from Damak and Chitwan.

A clash had flared up for almost four hours at Ilam’s Chulachuli-based PLA First Division on Monday night. After the incident, commander Yam Bahadur Adhikary, Hari Kumar Shrestha and Sangram left the First Division this morning.

The quarrel erupted after the combatants protested and chanted slogans demanding return of their savings. An APF team-led by SP Rajendra Shakya from APF Pathibhara rea-ched the PLA cantonment and took over the security of the First Division cantonment yesterday night.

An internal meeting of the PLA combatants today decided to provide the saving from the division’s fund after the regrouping process was completed. Jamindra, a combatant, said that the decision was made after the fighters staged protest at the PLA First Division. According to him, it was decided to pay Rs 8,000 to each fighter and some extra bucks to other fighters as per their ranks.

Some fighters were injured when the fighters clashed accusing the commanders of indulging in financial irregularities. The entry of the Maoist fighters disqualified by the UNMIN at Chitawan’s Saktikhor-based Third PLA Division had added woes to its security. More than 25 disqualified PLA fighters have been taken under control at the cantonment.

Balananda Sharma, coordinator of Special Committee said that the unexpected arrival of disqualified fighters posed challenge to the security. He argued that internal rift within the Maoist combatants had impeded the regrouping process.

Injured and differently-abled fighters today staged a sit-in in front of the office of SC demanding to ensure the medical service after their exit from the Shaktikhor PLA cantonment.

Regrouping process at Kailali’s PLA Seventh Division could not start due to internal dispute within the fighters. At satellite camp of Kailali’s Masuriya VDC under the PLA Seventh Division, clash had ensued between those opting voluntary retirement and choosing the integration. Four huts were demolished in the course of clash at the Badaipur camp.

Also dispute among the Maoist fighters halted the regrouping process at Nawalparasi’s PLA Fourth Division some hours after it began. Sadananda Kurmi, member of the SC, said that they stopped the regrouping process after distributing pay cheque to 25 fighters.

Some fighters opting voluntary retirement had expressed displeasure after the commanders forced them for integration at PLA Fourth Division at Nawalparasi’s Jhyaltungdanda. Conflict erupted between the fighters. Three vehicles and one hut were set on fire in the course of clash.

Likewise, though the regrouping process began at Rolpa-based PLA Fifth Division yesterday, it was halted today fearing clash among the fighters. Brigade Comm-ander Aajad said 94 fighters opted for voluntary retirement at the Fifth Division.

Tension ran high at Surkhet’s Dasarathpur PLA Sixth Division. Task of regrouping was halted after distributing pay cheques to 39 fighters opting for voluntary retirement. Regrouping was obstructed at Sindhuli’s Dudhauli-based PLA Second Division as well due to internal dispute among the combatants

by Bhola Rana

DISSIDENT MAOIST PROTESTS WEDNESDAY

Kathmandu, 11 April: Baidhya faction is staging an hour-long protest nation-wide against UCPN (Maoist)an government by disrupting traffic movement for one hour from 10 in the morning Wednesday.
The dissident Maoists are protesting sudden handover Tuesday of cantonments and watch of fighters and Maoist weapons to Nepal Army.
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200 MAOIST FIGHTERS FELL AMID ARSON AN ATTACKS

Kathmandu, 11 April:: As many as 200 PLA combatants from Paribartan Smriti Brigade of the PLA fourth division at Hattikhor of Nawalparasi fled their camp on Tuesday evening after a violent episode of Arson, Narayan Sharma writes from Nawalparasi in The Kathmandu Post..
The runaway fighters were among the combatants who had been staging protests for the past four days, accusing the senior ranking officers of financial misappropriation. Their protests culminated in the burning of two SUVs, three motorcycles, two waiting halls inside the camp and a camp gate.
“Today’s incident was a result of corruption and mistreatment committed by the senior ranking officers against the lower ranking PLA soldiers,” said Dil Bahadur Rokaya, PLA company commander and one of the runaways. “It’s high time that we fight against corruption rife within the Maoist party and the PLA.”
After the agitating combatants started setting fire on the vehicles and camp’s property, many PLA personnel, including the commanders, fled.
A large contingent of police was mobilised at Hattikhor to contain tense situation and bring back the PLA commanders, including fourth division commander Tej Bahadur Oli, to safety.
A Nepal Army team led by Maj Krishna Khadka also arrived at the scene at around 9:30 pm.
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DETAILS OF TALKS BETWEEN GOVT. AND OPPOSITION
Kathmandu, 11 April:: A meeting of the three major parties — UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML — and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) scheduled to finalize contentious issues related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Disappearance Commission on Tuesday lost focus after the Maoist leaders, including Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, proposed settling the issues of the peace process first, Kosh Raj Koiralareports.

At the meeting held at the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai setting the agenda for the day argued that keeping the peace process in limbo would not augur well, especially keeping in view the tension in cantonments for the last few days, said a leader present at the meeting.

Dahal then stressed the need for bringing the Maoist cantonments, containers and combatants under the Nepal Army immediately.

Dahal argued that “a Maoist faction” does not want to conclude the peace process and has been creating tension in the cantonments. “Tension in the cantonments shows that they do not want to see conclusion of the peace process,” a leader quoted Chairman Dahal as saying.

Dahal had mentioned that some elements in the cantonments had also created tension on the issues of rank, ethnicity and financial matters. “They have stood against the political developments since the 12-point agreement and are trying to foil the peace process both from inside and outside the cantonments,” the leader quoted Dahal as saying.

Dahal told the leaders that he was committed to taking the ongoing peace process to a logical end and that the process gained momentum only after his party decided to send his PLA body guards to the cantonments. “Keeping in view the tension in the cantonments, we should settle the issue in a responsible manner,” he said.

Acknowledging the gravity of the issue, NC President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, Madhesi People´s Rights Forum-Democratic (MPRF-D) Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar, Sadbhawana Party President Rajendra Mahato, MPRF-Republican Chairman Raj Kishor Yadav, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) leader Hridayesh Tripathi had seconded Dahal´s proposal. The leaders then proposed to call a Special Committee meeting and take necessary decision to bring the Maoist cantonments, combatants and arms under the government´s control.

Earlier, the parties had agreed to conclude the voluntary retirement process by April 12 and settle all contentious issues in the new constitution by April 17.

Accordingly, the parties were set to finalize all the contentious issues related to the TRC and Disappearance Commission. Maoist leader Khim Lal Devkota and UML leader Agni Kharel, who have been looking into legal issues in the party, and some officials from the law ministry, were also invited at the meeting.

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