Chitwan, Nepal: Most Maoist-PLA fighters reject integration into Nepal Army

from Nepal Today by Bhola Rana

Kathmandu, 16 April: Regrouping of the Maoist former combatants has concluded at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s Third Division camp at Shaktikhor in
Chitwan today [Monday], RSS reports.

The regrouping work at this Division had commenced on April 8.

One thousand five hundred and eighty-seven Maoist former combatants at this camp have opted for voluntary retirement.

The Maoist former combatants who had earlier opted for integration into the Nepal Army were once again given a choice between integration and voluntary retirement.

All the Maoist former combatants who chose voluntary retirement have been handed over cheques, said Balananda Sharma, coordinator of the Special Secretariat survey team.

There were altogether 2,414 combatants lodged at the Third Division camp at Shaktikhor. Although a majority of the combatants at this Division had shown interest in integration before this, most of them have now chosen voluntary retirement over integration.

Sharma said the regrouping work will conclude by today. Combatants opting for voluntary retirement will be provided with cheques in the range of Rs. 500,000 to Rs. 800,000 depending on their rank.

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