From The Nepali Press
Budhabar, 19 December
FROM ISSUE #74 (28 DEC 2001 - 03 JAN 2002) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Government sources say that since the emergency was imposed on 26 November, 1,689 Maoists have surrendered. Since 185 of them didn't know how to surrender, they simply issued statements. Among those who have surrendered are 364 who held "office" in the Maoist "people's governments". The number of people surrendering or resigning from their posts in people's governments has been increasing everyday. At that rate, some estimate that as many as 5,000 Maoists may have already surrendered. Those who surrender are not held in secure jails, nor has the government said anything about special holding places, which means that they could be unsafe, not guarded against possible Maoist retaliation. There seems to be some sort of upheaval in the Maoist ranks-there have been long queues at offices of Chief District Officers of people wanting to surrender.