Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ram Chandra Poudel is getting ready to form a highly secret taskforce comprising officials of the National Investigation Department (NID) to keep an eye on Maoist activities in Karnali. It had been reported earlier that Maoists had collected 326 boxes of arms and ammunition from the Nepal-China border and brought them into Karnali through the upper Dolpo region. According to sources almost half the weapons collected by the Maoists were bombs and guns with silencers. It was after reports of the delivery became known that the DPM is getting the NID active.
It has been learnt that the Maoists want to capture Karnali by end of this year. The Maoists know that the government is already aware of their plans. The DPM has ordered the CIAA to form a committee to study these activities but it seems that NID members have asked that they not be sent to Karnali alone. Because of these objections work on forming the committee has not progressed much. The deputy PM has assured the NID that police and army personnel would be included in the group going to Karnali. But NID employees are now doing all they can to influence their seniors into not being named part of the team.