Maoists free Dhankuta, Lekhnath abductees

Biratnagar, February 11:

The Maoists today released nine more people, whom they had abducted during the attack in Dhankuta on February 7.

The abductees were freed after initiation by the Biratnagar-based National Human Rights Commission regional office, in presence of human rights activists and journalists at the Rajarani area of the district by local Maoist leaders.

The Maoists had abducted 15 people — 12 civil servants and three security personnel — including the Eastern Regional Assistant Administrator, Prem Prasad Sharma Sapkota, after the attacks. The Maoists had released two abductees on Thursday.

The Maoists today freed third class officers of the Regional Administration Office, Phadindra Pokharel and Shovakar Regmi, non-gazetted officer Dasharath Rumdali, Registrar of Appellate Court, Dhankuta, Pashupati Acharya, office assistant Tularam Pahari, assistant accountant of District Development Committee, Lokendra Kunwar, Kharidar Dorna Rai, technician Govinda Mahat and Kharidar of District Land Revenue Office, Khageshwor Dhakal.

The Maoists have yet to release four.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister and chairperson of Rastriya Janashakti Party, Surya Bahadur Thapa, today inspected government offices of Dhankuta that were damaged in the Maoists’ attack on February 7.

Human rights activists said the Maoists had released the chief of District Agricultural Development Office, Sanjay Kumar Yadav and non-gazetted officer of the District Development Committee, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai on Thursday.

Acting chief of Biratnagar-based NHRC said the Maoists will release the remaining four abductees soon after fulfilling necessary process.

The freed security personnel included, police constables Hari Narayan Dhakal, Upendra Lal Yadav and Bhojraj Danuwar.

Meanwhile, a report from Lekhnath, Kaski, said the Maoists today released the driver of a bulldozer, Ram Kumar BK, a resident of Hatiya, Makawanpur and helper Keshav Karki of Sangachowk, Sindhupalchowk.