Nepal Army Runs 80 Truckloads of Indian Arms Across the Border
Posted by Ka Frank on January 18, 2010
This article was published by Nepal News on January 16, 2010.
UCPN (Maoist) claims NA imported arms; NA refutes
The Unified CPN (Maoist) has claimed Nepal Army (NA) brought a large quantity of arms and ammunition from India through the Sunauli border Thursday night. NA has refuted the Maoist claim saying the vehicles, brought with Indian support, were empty.
Bam Dev Chhetri, UCPN (Maoist) central committee member and sub-incharge its Awadh Madhes Rajya Samiti, organised a press conference in Butwal, Friday and accused the government of breaching the Comprehensive Peace Agreement by importing the arms.
Chhetri said 30 trucks loaded with INSAS Rifles and bullets, 50 trucks and eight Jeeps with green (allocated for tourism related industry) unmarked number plates, four Mahindra Jeeps, two ambulances, one fire brigade and one crane have entered Nepal through Sunauli border Thursday night and are kept at the no. 22 Brigade of Nepal Army in Butwal.
Army officers have said, they received the vehicles from India as part of military aid, but none of them contained guns and bullets. We had already informed the Joint Monitoring Coordination Committee (JMCC) on arms and army about the vehicles, said Major Ashok Gurung of NA’s Public Relations Department. The JMCC also includes representative from the Maoists.
[The question remains: Why would the Nepal Army run a convoy of 80 empty trucks from India to Nepal?]