A top Maoist leader has accused Kantipur of spreading misinformation. In its 23 September issue, Kantipur stated that the Maoists were working together with Libya. The Maoist leader denied this and said the statement was baseless. He said this was done to malign the Maoist organisation, which was fighting for the rights of the people. He added that this raised suspicion about the intentions of the paper. The leader further stated that the paper's claim that Ram Bahadur Thapa had been expelled from the Soviet Union while he was studying there is also completely false. He said action would be taken against Kantipur if it spread misinformation and rumours. The Maoists are a major political force here and saying they are in league with international terrorist organisations is pure misinformation. Kantipur has been defaming the Maoists for some time now. It is functioning the same way as the CIA, its intentions are not clear or good.