Maoist leaders say they have built tunnels along the Indian border where they expect Indian military offensives against them. Maoist politburo member, Pampha Bhusal, addressing a program at Jhibakhola of Baglung on 30 October said: "We believe the tunnels will be necessary to counter Indian attacks. The Indians are getting worried about the success of the people's war in Nepal."
Bhusal, who is believed to be the sixth in the party hierarchy, said the Maoists were fully prepared to defend the country against India, and that the leadership had taken the decision to fight India. "That is the reason why we have built the tunnels in the bordering areas."
Bhusal explained that the Maoists were dealing with two kind of wars at present: one against India and the other against the "old regime" within Nepal. "The government had been transporting soldiers from one place to other even during the Dasain truce which means it is preparing for a fierce offensive. We have no choice but to take on the old regime through war." Bhusal was addressing a mass meeting which criticised People Front Nepal or its campaign against the Maoists. Bhusal charged PFN activists of posing as Maoists, robbing people and manhandling Maoists. "If they don't stop all this, apologise in public and return all the looted properties, we will attack them," she warned. "The PFN has become reactionary like the Nepali Congress and the UML." Bhusal attended the program, three days from Baglung Bajar, amidst tight security.