Maoist leader Prachanda recently said in a press statement that his party does not have a policy of harming members of other parties. But on the night of 10 November, a group of Maoists manhandled Pemba Ringhi Lama of Junbesi Village Development Committee in Solukhumbu. Lama had refused to feed the Maoists and was beaten up so badly that he is now fighting for his life at the Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu. Lama is a former chairperson of the VDC and also an active member of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist). Similarly, the Maoists also kidnapped Bhujung Lama from Nawalpur VDC in Sindhupalchok on 7 November. He has not yet been freed. The UML has publicly condemned these activities and has demanded that the captives be freed immediately. In light of all these incidents, one is forced to ask if Prachanda is actually leading the party.
UML central committee member and secretary Yuvraj Karki recently said that UML leader Madhav Nepal and Maoist leader Prachanda had recently agreed (in a telephone conversation) that violence between their two parties would stop immediately. This attack came right after this agreement was reached. Either the Maoists are not honest in their commitments or anti-social elements and hooligans have hijacked the Maoist party. Whatever the reasons, this is detrimental to the progress of the nation, the people, democracy and the communist forces. Although the Maoists claim that they use arms for defence, the recent attacks prove that is no longer true.