Maoists release eight people

Kathmandu, November 11:

The valley brigade of the Peoples’ Liberation Army today released eight people who were among those arrested on the charge of involvement in criminal activities.

Meghraj Shrestha, Bam Bahadur Limbu, Umesh Shrestha, Dipak Lama, Tarini Prasad Thakur, Rajesh Shrestha, Sudhir Basnet and Sushil Thapa were released in the presence of journalists. However, the Maoists have not yet released Krishna Thapa, a central committee member of the Ekata Parishad Nepal.

Among the eight, Sudhir Basnet was held with a pistol and cartridges. Stating that goons used to attack him frequently, Basnet said he was compelled to possess a gun for self-defence. “I will continue to possess the gun if the Maoists cannot provide security to me,” he said, adding he was compelled to have the gun as security men could not provide security to him.

Addressing a press meet, brigade commander Sagar said the valley brigade is releasing the eight people, who were arresting in course of the crime control operation, following the signing of the historic agreement between the Maoists and the seven parties. Krishna Thapa has been handed over to the division, Sagar said, adding that he had no information about the whereabouts of Thapa. Sagar claimed that those freed used to “serve leaders of the seven parties”.

“We have proof of all our accusations. The arrested have confessed to their crimes and vowed not to involve in criminal activities again.”