NHRC probe

Gorkha: An NHRC team has started probe into the deaths of four Maoist cadres killed in security operations after the Maoists’ announcement of ceasefire. The team consisting of two NHRC members left for the incident site on Monday. Four Maoists have been killed in Gorkha in separate security operations since the ceasefire announcement. The Protection Officer of NHRC, also a member of the probe team, Tej Maan Shrestha, said, “We have come to Gorkha to look into incidents of violence after announcement of truce.” — HNS

Teachers freed

BIRATNAGAR: The Maoists released 60 teachers on Monday, whom they had abducted from Morang’s Kerabari on Saturday. Head of the INSEC eastern regional office Biratnagar, Som Thapa said the Maoists released them unharmed at Morang’s northern village development committee. Meanwhile, a report from Ramechhap said four armed Maoists abducted 12 teachers from Tamakoshi Janajagrit Higher secondary school located at Khimti on Monday afternoon. Locals said the Maoists took the teachers to Shivalaya of the VDC. — HNS

Indian aid

Kathmandu: The government of India is funding yet another project worth Rs 29.11 million under the India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme for the construction of classrooms and library at Surkhet Campus, Birendranagar. Indian ambassador to Nepal Shiv Shanker Mukherjee laid the foundation stone of the buildings on Monday, the Indian embassy said in a press release issued on Monday. He said India will work for the benefit of Nepal.— HNS

HURON’s woe

KATHMANDU: The Human Rights Organisation of Nepal (HURON) has expressed concern over reports which said journalists were compelled to leave Dailekh because security forces had threatened them. Condemning the district administration for threatening Harihar Singh Rathaur, the chairman of the Dailekh chapter of the FNJ, the HURON urged officials to create a conducive environment so that displaced journalists can return. Rathor was barred from travelling outside the district headquarters on Sunday. — HNS