From The Nepali Press
Rajdhani, 2 March
FROM ISSUE #186 (05 MARCH 2004 - 11 MARCH 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Maoist rebels in Dang have begun distributing land captured from what they call the feudal class among their supporters, activists, families of martyrs and deserters from the army. The newly elected district people's government chief Indrajit Chaudhari said this was in line with the land policy of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). At a press conference in Bagmare in Dang on Sunday, Chaudhari said his party has also intensified the process of seizing land from zamindars in the area. "We will be flexible with the landlords who are ready to compromise with our land policy," he added. The Maoists have allocated Rs 6 million for militia and security training, agriculture, forest management, health, education and culture in the current fiscal year. The new Maoist district government has decided to collect tax from all possible quarters. It has also confirmed that organisations linked to the \'old regime' and the United States will not be allowed to operate here. At a press meet, the rebels said they were on a campaign to maximise the strength of their district militia which is now at 1,000. "We have control over all areas of the district except in Tribhubanagar and Tulsipur municipalities," Chaudhary said.