Youth force to guard UML cadres, commoners

Kathmandu, June 4:

Democratic National Youth Federation, the youth wing of the CPN-UML, said today it will form an outfit — Youth Force — to retaliate attacks against unarmed people and UML cadres.

“A Youth Force Department has been formed under the leadership of Mahesh Basnet, treasurer of the Democratic National Youth Federation, to form Youth Force,” DNYF president Ajambar Rai Kangmang said at a press meet. The force will be formed in urban areas and expanded to rural areas, he said. Kangmang said the force will not stay in camps and will not use arms.

On Saturday, the department will organise a sanitation campaign at Ratna Park and its surrounding areas, he said.

The DNYF also accused Indian ambassador Rakesh Sood of intervening in Nepal’s politics by making comments on government formation, leadership and constitutional amendment. The DNYF said it will call the government to stop foreign intervention in domestic affairs. It has also demanded action against former Home Minister Purna Bahadur Khadka for “involvement” in the murder of UML candidate from Surkhet 1, Rishi Prasad Sharma.

Kangmang also opposed the cabinet’s decision to let former king Gyanendra shift to the Nagarjuna palace. “Why should the government provide the palace to a rich person like Gyanendra,” Kangmang questioned. Organising a protest rally, the UML youth wing demanded that the government roll back the decision to provide the Nagarjuna palace to the former king. The rally, which was taken out from Bagbazaar, converged into a corner meeting in Ratna Park.

Meanwhile, commenting on DNYF’s decision to form the Youth Force, chairman of the Young Communist League Ganesh Man Pun ‘Rashmi’ said such moves will create chaos.

“We will exercise restraint, but such activities can trigger confrontations,” he said. President of the Nepal Students’ Union Pradip Poudel said the NSU may also form such a

force if people who do not subscribe to a particular ideology continue to feel that they are under threat.

Meanwhile, addressing a meeting organised by the NSU, the leaders called on people to pressure the Maoists to give up their totalitarian attitude.

The meeting was organised to make preparations for the mass meet of the NC scheduled for Sunday.

NSU president Poudel appealed to all to attend the mass meeting being organised by the NC to celebrate the declaration of republic.