From The Nepali Press
Deshantar, 3 February
FROM ISSUE #80 (08 FEB 2002 - 14 FEB 2002) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Royal Nepal Army personnel deployed in different parts of the country have sent complaints to the central administration to the effect that the Home Administration is not cooperating with them completely. The army, which has been fairly successful in its \'cordon and search' and \'search and destroy' operations, has not been able to hand over the secured areas to the local administrations in many places. The government has not begun re-establishing the police stations that were closed after Maoist attacks, even though the army is now backing them up. Police had been taken to some of the areas secured by the army, but they could not stay there for long because of their past image, according to security sources. Also, no political party worker or leader has been able to take political programs to areas that have been "cleaned up" by the army. Those Nepali Congress workers not heeding the Maoists' warnings are still being killed as they were in the past, and the workers of the UML and the Rastriya Prajantantra Party are taking note of the Maoists' threats. The army is also unhappy because the police and local administration have freed many "terrorists" it had rounded up, sometimes even accepting bribes for their release. Our sources tell that us the Maoists have money and pay in cash. There are also reports that the local administration offices may have released eight to ten Maoist district commanders in this manner. The army is also angry that the government has not taken any steps to seek the arrest of Bharat Yogi, now in Delhi, who made vehicles available to the Maoists for the attacks in Dang in November. The army feels that if Yogi were arrested, he could be a valuable source of information. There are also charges that the Chief District Officers in Sindhupalchowk, Sankhuwasabha and Kavre have freed Maoists after accepting bribes. The army also thinks that the Maoists may be heading abroad through manpower companies handling overseas employment. . Until now the army has arrested one politburo level leader of the Maoists and seven or eight leaders of central standing, but has not made public their names yet. It is said that three rebel leaders coordinate the Maoists' activities here and that the rest of the leadership is hiding in India.