Chand Maoists on extortion drive

Gaighat, July 5

Cadres of the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist have started extorting donations from VDC secretaries in Udayapur district.

VDC secretaries complained that Maoist cadres had extorted amounts ranging from Rs 5,000 to 10,000 from them.

“They have demanded donation over phone,” a secretary said, adding, “They have sought donation from every projects in the VDC.”

Most of the VDC secretaries have already given the donation as demanded by the Maoists. Maoist cadres have been meeting the secretaries in person and talking over phone to press them to release the fund at the earliest.

Maoist cadres have also been extorting the hefty donations from offices related to development work.

On the condition of anonymity, a member of the Consumers’ Committee said they were threatened with their lives if the amount was not allocated to them.

Maoist Udayapur in-charge Kedar Rai, however, refuted the allegation that his party had extorted money from VDC secretaries. “We sought voluntary donation. We have not extorted money,” Rai added.

He argued that the opposition had levelled a false allegation to tarnish his party and its cadres. He further stated that his party had threatened action against VDC secretaries for not completing works before the deadline.