‘12-point pact redundant in rural areas of Bardiya’

Bardiya, February 13:

The 12-point agreement between the Maoists and the seven-party alliance has not been implemented in the rural areas of Bardiya district, a team of the seven-party alliance said. This was informed at a press meet in Gulariya, the district headquarters, today.

The team was in the rural regions of the district to witness the effectiveness of the agreement. It visited 11 VDCs of the Rajapur area to monitor the situation. The Maoist cadres working at lower levels are yet to follow the pact, the team concluded.

Krishna Sigdel, the team leader and the General Committee member of Nepali Congress (Democratic), said: “We held talks with the Maoists about returning the displaced people to their homes, who were earlier displaced due to Maoist threats. We also discussed returning of people’s lands and captured houses.” But the Maoist cadres working at lower levels are hesitant to follow the 12-point agreement, he said, adding: “They do not talk freely, perhaps due to the lack of clear directives from the upper echelons of the party.”

“The Maoist cadres were happy to use the captured land and houses. They are not in any mood to return the properties to their rightful owners,” Sigdel said.

Hari Gyawali, district member of the CPN-UML and a team member, quoted the Maoists as saying: “The displaced people have to follow the rules of the ‘public government’ if they desired to return to their homes.” At least 25 families of 11 VDCs of the Rajapur area have been displaced due to Maoist threats and more than 1000 bighas of land have been captured by the Maoists, the team said.

Maoist leadership should direct their cadres to implement the pact in rural areas, the team concluded.