KATHMANDU: At least half of the Maoist fighters who had earlier preferred to go into Nepal Army have now made up their mind to accept the voluntary retirement.
The regrouping process which is underway at all the PLA cantonments sites depicts that the number of combatants opting integration is going to fall off from 6,500 standard as set by November 1 peace deal.
Earlier 9,705 combatants had opted for integration during first phase of regrouping.
Balananda Sharma, coordinator of Special Committee (for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants) said that number of fighters opting to join the Nepali Army and voluntary retirement would now be equal.
Sharma, who is carrying out the regrouping task at Shaktikhor, said the Special Committee had to bring extra account payee cheques after unexpected number of the combatants chose for voluntary retirement at the camp.
On Sunday, 4,052 combatants from all PLA camps wished voluntary retirement and till this clock time of Monday other1500 combatants have decided to go for retirement.