From The Nepali Press
Nepal Samacharpatra, 9 March
FROM ISSUE #238 (11 MARCH 2005 - 17 MARCH 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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More than two-dozen Maoists from Rautahat have deserted the Maoist party to join the people's freedom movement. The Maoists Area-in-Charge Arjun Yadab, Rautahat district people's government member Nebalal Rai Yadab, area members Binod Tiwari, Laxmi Yadab and 30 others issued a joint statement and left the rebel party. The increasing violence among the Maoists and their extortion prompted these party workers to quit, according to the statement. Workers from the tarai are taken to the hills for training in warfare and forced to learn a new culture and language. This has caused a rift between the Maoists of the north and the south. The statement also mentions cultural discord and differential treatments as reasons for leaving the Maoists to join the movement in tarai.