The Maoists have declared a month-long programme of violence to celebrate the sixth year of their insurgency. Sources close to the Maoists said they plan to increase activities in the eastern and mid-western regions of the country. They also said that the special rebel task forces deployed in these areas would be upgraded to that of a company and that they might attack any strategically and geographically weak district headquarters. Likewise, the campaign against the mandatory teaching of Sanskrit in schools and the singing of the national anthem already on in the far-west will be extended to the eastern and mid-western regions once the insurgency enters its sixth year.
With the formation of the new Armed Police Force, with its trained manpower and semi-automatic weapons, the Maoists have also felt the need for self-loading rifles. According to the leftist leader Padma Ratna Tuladhar, in case no talks take place between the government and insurgents, rebels might get time to acquire more weapons. From what I have heard, the arms mafia has contacted the rebels with the intention of selling them modern weapons saying that they will accept payment later. If there are no talks before the Armed Police Force is sent to action, a civil war will break out in the country, said Tuladhar.
The Maoists too claim to be in the process of acquiring modern weaponry. Rebel commander Baburam Bhattarai is worried that once his forces get their hands on modern weaponry they might think like the army, say Maoists sources.
The rebels, entering their sixth year of insurgency, are also preparing to end the government administration in Rukum, Rolpa, and Jajarkot and start their own rule. An FM radio station is on its way to announce the formation of their government. But the leaders are discussing the issue, the source said.
To make their strategy last the rebels are thinking of creating a united front in the centre and involving opposition parties where required, bringing the revolution to the streets and making the insurgency constitutional. The long-term plan is to put the government under siege from all sides. Since the start of the insurgency on 13 March, 1996, the Maoists have been stepping up their activities every anniversary.