Sharma accuses UML of reviving conflict-era cases

JAJARKOT: A senior UCPN-Maoist leader on Monday accused the ruling CPN-UML of trying to revive conflict-era cases which were pending at regular courts.

Speaking with journalists in Jajarkot today, the UCPN-M standing committee member and the party's in-charge of Province VI, Janardan Sharma, said some lawyers affiliated to the Prime Minister's party were trying to revive the cases which were pending for years.

Sharma said so four days after the Supreme Court quashed the Baburam Bhattarai-led government’s decision to withdraw criminal cases against 227 individuals. Apparently most of these cases were against Maoist cadres and leaders.

Likewise, the apex court on January 7 had ordered the government not to give amnesty of UCPN-Maoist leader Bal Krishna Dhungel, who was convicted of murder of Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Okhaldhunga.

The Maoist leader was aggressive toward the UML party claiming the conflict-era cases should have been settled through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

He claimed that the Maoists would hold serious discussions with the government on these issues.

Meanwhile, the leader also expressed his dissatisfaction over performance of ministers representing his party in the government.