From The Nepali Press
Ex-MP Prakash Jwala in Himal Khabarpatrika, 14-28 March
FROM ISSUE #290 (17 MARCH 2006 - 23 MARCH 2006) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The long line of people included school children and 75-year old men. They carried hoes and digging equipment, some were crying others were wheezing. Other villagers were forced-marched by the Maoists into the procession as it moved across the Salyan's Tharemare. This was part of the rebel's construction gang for the Maoist 'martyr Highway' in Rolpa. The 90-km road was started last year and villagers from Rolpa, Rukum and Salyan are forced to work ten days in construction, failing which they have to pay a fine. Teachers from Rukum have also been forced to travel to Rolpa to work on the road, so schools have been affected. However, in January villagers of Chaurjhari in Rukum refused to go for which they had to pay a heavy price. Since then the Maoists have cut off the irrigation water for the fertile Chaujhari valley. Because there is no water in the canal, the electricity has also gone off since then. All these factors have brought difficulties in the implementation of the 12-point Maoist-party agreement. The Maoists are still force-marching the people, they haven't returned confiscated property, they are still extorting and forcing people to pay taxes. At this rate, how can human rights, dignity and civic rights be upheld? How can there be cooperation and competitive multiparty democracy with such behaviour. The people had been hopeful about the Maoists, but now even they are put off by the sweet-talk and their return to the old way of intimidating people.