From The Nepali Press
Asan Bazar, 5 January
FROM ISSUE #76 (11 JAN 2002 - 17 JAN 2002) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Over 500 terrorists have been killed since the army was deployed against the Maoists, and thousands more have been arrested. Over 2,000 rebels have surrendered and about two-dozen security forces have been killed. Even though the Maoists have been less influential during the day, they are continuing to loot and murder in the night in districts where they had influence. Because the rebels rely on ambushes and night attacks, the security forces are finding it difficult to take control of the situation. The strategy of the Maoists is now "strike, flee and hide". Unlike the past, the Maoists don't roam the villages during the day, they attack in large numbers at night. The army is on a campaign to disarm the Maoists, and says it will shoot to kill only if attacked. High-level sources say that it may take about a year to fully disarm the Maoists. But different political parties, including sections of the ruling Nepali Congress, want the emergency to end as soon as possible. The government for its part wants to extend the emergency to crush the Maoists, but the political parties are inclined to want to end the emergency, but continue the deployment of the army to fight the rebels. Even India uses the army to fight the terrorists, but it has not needed to impose an emergency. Even so, regardless of what other political parties want, it is likely that the emergency could stretch further.