The Maoists released former minister Reg Bahadur Subedi to create a. conducive environment for talks with the government. But, according to various sources, the Prime Minister, the Home Minister, the Minister for Communication and Information, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Chief of Police, the Chief of CID and members of the Koirala family have secretly planned another offensive named "Silent Kilo Sierra 3".
According to a source close to the Home Ministry, there are 3,000 plain clothes policemen and 4,000 armed policemen involved in this operation. It has also been learnt from a Nepali Congress source that 1,000 cadres of the Nepali Congress were recently recruited as plain clothes policemen, and another 300 were also taken from the Rashtriya Prajatantra Party, UML and Masai parties.
A highly placed source said the main aim of this operation is to get reliable information about the Maoist rebels. The CID officials involved in this operation intend to take over villages, kill rebels, and arrest others. The Home Ministry has ordered the police to kill only some of the rebels for fear that mass killings would ignite unrest amongst villagers.
This time the whole operation is shrouded in secrecy. Hence the word "silent" in front of the code-name.
The other objective of this operation is to curb Maoist activities from spreading to neighbouring villages for which the police are setting up roadblocks and conducting random checks. The police have been deployed in large numbers in the district headquarters. Striking base camps have been established in the main areas. Sources say that lightly armed plain-clothes spies have been going around the mam Maoist-affected villages incognito.
In this operation, the police are using the SLRs (self-loading rifles) given to them by the army. Policemen going to the districts have been boasting that they are going to build an environment for the army to step in.