‘180 Nepali Maoists held in India’

New Delhi, March 27:

The Indian Home Ministry has said 180 CPN-Maoist cadres and supporters have been arrested from different parts of India in the last five years.

In its annual report made public in New Delhi a few days ago, the ministry has said that 140 Maoist cadres and supporters were arrested from 2001 to 2004 and 40 Maoist supporters were arrested in 2005.

Two high level Maoist cadres, Mohan Vaidya and CP Gajurel, are still serving jail sentences in Silgudhi and Chennai jails respectively.

The report said Nepali Maoist cadres frequent the Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh bordering Nepal for medical treatment. Nepali Maoists and Indian Naxalties have maintained close ties, the report said. The Maoists’ movement in Nepal now could have repercussions for India’s internal security, the reprot said, adding, security has been beefed up in the Indo-Nepal border areas to stop the Maoists from infiltrating into India. Border security forces have been deployed in the border areas according to need, the report added.

A pilot project has also been started to facilitate the people crossing borders valid IDs, the report said. Preparations for the project are underway in Nepalgunj in Nepal and Rupaidiya in India.

According to the Indian Home Minister’s annual report, the Indian government has proposed to set up four integrated security posts (ICP) equipped with modern facilities at the four major check points in border areas. The security posts will be equipped with facilities like parking lots, banks and hotels, the report said.