NA takes over Maoist cantonments, Baidya announces protest
N24,KATHMANDU: In what has been termed as a major breakthrough in the concluding the army integration process, the Maoist combatants, arms containers and cantonments have been brought under the control of Nepal Army on Tuesday evening.
Security officials comprising of Nepal Army and Armed Police Force (APF) were deployed in Maoist cantonments across the nation by evening following similar decision of the Army Integration Special Committee (AISC).
The decision was taken citing security threats in the cantonments to AISC technical team who have been in the cantonments to conduct the second stage of regrouping.
Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai had directed Chief of Army Staff to deploy his forces across the nation to take control of the combatants, arms and arms containers immediately while working in the spirit of integration and stating that both NA and Maoists were security forces of Nepal government.
Meanwhile the dissident faction of the UCPN Maoist protested the AISC decision and held a press conference in the capital soon after security officials left for the cantonments. The faction has announced its protest programs and plans to enforce a chakkajaam in the capital from 10 to 11am today.
While terming the decision as ‘surrender of the combatants of arms and combatants’, the faction has announced plans to burn effigy of Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Maoist Chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal.