Revival of police posts obstructed

Pokhara, January 18:

Maoists have obstructed re-establishment of displaced police posts at Birethanti in Kaski district.

Soon after DSP in the district police office in Kaski, Bhoj Raj Ojha left the nine-member team in the police post, today, 15 Maoists asked them to return to Pokhara.

The police evacuated the police post after the Maoists told the security personnel that they would look after the security matters in the area.

Maoists’ Kaski in-charge Sandesh said the cops were asked to leave Birethani, as they had arrived in the police post without consultation.

He claimed that no policeman would be allowed to live in Birethanti and Dhampus.

A report from Syangja said the Maoists sent back a police team that had arrived in Magyam Chisapani three days ago.

The local Maoist cadres have said they were being closely watched in their base area, the police team which returned to the district headquarters said.

All police personnel deployed in Chisapani returned to the district headquarters today.

Syangja CDO Taranath Gautam and police chief in the district Ishwori Gautam had left them in the police post in Chisapani. However, a Maoist district level leader said locals had sent back the police team.

CDO Gautam said the police team had gone to the village at the initiative of the Maoists and that an all-party meeting tomorrow would deal with the situation.

In Kavre, the Maoists obstructed reinstatement of police posts in four VDCs. The Maoists sent back police teams from Taldhunga, Falametar, Gokule and Fomsingtar VDCs some five

days ago. A team of 26 policemen, which arrived at Kamidanda yesterday, said the Maoists did not allow them to stay there.

However, district in-charge Deshbandhu claimed that the Maoists’ had nothing to do with sending the police teams back and said the locals had opposed the re-establishment of police posts. “It is not our party’s policy to send back the police personnel. The locals sent them back,” Deshbandhu said.