The Maoists might be preparing for their last attempt to wreak havoc in the country before being crushed by the security forces. Security forces have learnt that the insurgents are preparing a mischief in Kathmandu and depredation in the villages strike in the wake of the Nepal bandh declared for 16 September. But no one has any idea how far they will go.
In the meantime, our sources in Kamlimpong tell us that the Maoists completed a six-day training programme there for their cadres from 21-26 July. Our sources also claim that 35 active Maoist cadres from the eastern districts of Nepal including Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari participated in the training sessions, which were facilitated by veterans of the movement such as Devendra Paudel, Prem Chapagain, and Rekha Sharma (from Chitwan). Since the security forces have intensified their activities, the Maoists feel insecure if they have to remain in the same location for more than a day, and move their cadres. So, they might have sought the safety of India to conduct their training programmes. It is presumed that since other Indian cities have also beefed up security and intensified searches for them, the Maoists might have chosen a Nepali-majority town for their training activities.