Once deserted Naumule is now bustling with people who have returned to their homes. The local electricity project is back in use while the land is once again planted with crops.
The 300 families displaced after the Naumule incident have returned. Local businessman Laxmi Chand says: Business has boomed since people came back. The secondary school that was closed after the Naumule attack has also reopened. Many children were displaced and there was no environment to study, says local teacher Bhumika Hamal.
During the war, the Maoists went around the area recruiting one person per family. That forced many people to leave their villages and move to the headquarters of Dailekh and Surkhet. According to police sub inspector Hari Sijapati, all the displaced have come back after the Maoists joined the peace process.
Although the people were previously reluctant to re-establish the police office, the police and the political parties went ahead with it. Today people are happy with the work of the police. Sijapati says, If there are any complaints, we call an all party meeting to solve the problem. That way it is easier for us.