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Megbahadur Shah from Ghodagau, Rolpa is a teacher whose house and land were \'captured' by the Maoists on charges that he did not pay the demanded \'donation'. Shah was declared an \'exploiter' for not giving in to the demands and almost two bighas of his land was taken. The Maoists gave the land to its workers to till while Shah's house is still being used by the village \'people's government'.

ocals complain that the Maoists are not abiding by their agreement with the seven parties in which they agreed to return all confiscated property to its rightful owners. Makendra Singh's property was taken over as punishment when his father attacked Maoist village government chief Ram Chandra Thapa. A villager had filed a case against Krishna Bahadur in the Maoist court and the father attacked Thapa in anger during the hearing. Thapa's son burnt down Singh's house in retaliation while the Maoists confiscated the land. Locals say that Krishna Bahadur, who works in Mumbai, did attack Thapa but that his son is innocent. The Maoists are still extorting money from locals. While teachers, farmers and civil servants have to pay five percent of their salary, those with family members working overseas have to pay Rs 5,000 a year. "We are not taking loans and risking our lives in Malaysia for the Maoists but what can we do, we still have to pay them," complains a young man from Khugri. "They have not stopped extortion even when we show them the code of conduct," says Netra Giri. Ram Chandra Thapa says he has not received any word from his party's leadership and adds: "We will have to keep collecting money till the constituent assembly elections."



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