UML leader’s kin flee village

Phidim, May 12:

Changthapu village committee secretary of the CPN-UML Nara Bahadur Gurung and his family have been displaced from the village due to the Maoists’ threat, a family member said.

Gurung of Changthapu village development committee-8 is living in Phidim, the district headquarters of Panchthar, with four of his family members.

Cadres of the CPN-UML and Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League had clashed on the premises of Changthapu-based Bishnu Secondary School on election day (April 10). Feeling insecure after the clash, Gurung has been living in Phidim.

“Armed Maoist cadres used to visit my house every day to know where my husband was,” Gurung’s wife Milan Kumari said.

According to her, the Maoists used to threaten family every day, saying they will abduct any of the family members if they fail to get hold of her husband. “We are forced to live in Phidim due to the Maoists,” she said.

Along with her two sons and a daughter, Milan Kumari arrived in Phidim yesterday.

Gurung said the Maoists had been treating him as an enemy since the armed conflict. “Their enmity has grown after the April 10 constituent assembly polls,” he said.

“We were forced to move out of our village after the Maoists threatened to beat me and my family members,” he said.

Meanwhile, Panchthar district secretary of the CPN (Maoist) Harka Nembang said Gurung’s allegations against the Maoists are false.

“Our party does not have the policy of assaulting and causing displacement of anyone,” Nembang said, adding, “The Maoists are not behind the displacement of the Gurung family.”