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Nepal: Government Puts Army, Military Police on High Alert

Posted by Ka Frank on November 4, 2009

Nepal-Military PoliceGovt puts security agencies on high alert

Nepal News, November 3, 2009

The government has directed all four security agencies to stay on high alert in the wake of nationwide protests launched by the Unified CPN (Maoist).

A marathon meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Singha Durbar Tuesday afternoon arrived at the decision to put the security mechanisms on high alert.

Chief of Army Staff Chhattraman Singh Gurung, Inspector General of Armed Police Force (APF) Sanat Kumar Basnet, Inspector General of Nepal Police Ramesh Chand Thakuri, and National Investigation Department (NID) chief Ashok Dev Bhatta were also invited at the cabinet meeting.

At the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, the security chiefs were asked to take necessary measures to control any critical situation during the Maoist protests, it is learnt.

Meanwhile, communication minister and government spokesperson Shankar Pokharel, who left the meeting early, told reporters that the government had concluded that the Maoists were violating the peace accord. He added that the government would be forced to deploy army if the Maoist protests took a violent turn.

The Maoists declared nationwide protest movement beginning November 1 as part of their campaign to restore ‘civilian supremacy’. The Maoist party has announced plans to picket Singha Durbar with a crowd of 100 thousand people and choke the capital valley by enforcing a blockade, among others.

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Lalgarh: People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities Takes Up Arms

Posted by Ka Frank on November 4, 2009

Lalgarh faceoffLalgarh’s PCPA turns into armed outfit, loots weapons

Times of India,

October 26, 2009

LALGARH: People’s Committee against Police Atrocities, the Lalgarh tribal forum that has all along denied links with Maoists, announced on Monday that it has turned into an armed outfit, ‘Sidhu Kanu Gana Militia’. The announcement came with the claim that PCPA members had looted 10 firearms by raiding a CPM armed rally in Goaltore.

PCPA spokesperson Asit Mahato, who replaced Chhatradhar Mahato, said the tribal forum would “no longer continue democratic processes of rallies and agitations”. “We have formed the People’s Militia Force,” he said. “After facing continuous torture by the joint forces and the administration in Jangalmahal, PCPA has decided to pick up arms to combat the forces.” Read the rest of this entry »

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