Sunday, June 17, 2007

SSB men enter Nepal, thrash 5

SSB men enter Nepali territory, thrash 5

Armed personnel of the Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB), India's paramilitary force deployed along the Nepal-India border, beat up and injured five Nepalis of Gulariya Municipality-1 after intruding into Nepali territory on Saturday morning.

Among those battered are 65-year-old Til Bahadur GC, 55-year-old Aaite Kumari Bote, 21-year-old Ganesh Aryal, 18-year-old Tam Bahadur Kunwar and 11-year-old Ishwor Dhungana, all of Shankarbasti of the municipality.

According to the victims, eight armed SSB men turned up at a farm where they were grazing their cattle and beat them up severely.

"Two of them attacked me with rifle butts," said Bote. In the aftermath of the incident, hundreds of Nepalis protested against the SSB men's atrocities at the no-man's-land area, demanding action against the guilty and treatment for the injured.

After the situation turned tense due to the protest, additional troops were deployed under the command of Inspector L N Singh, by the SSB, while a team of Nepali policemen was also sent to the place by District Police Office Bardiya. Both sides later held talks, where the victims were also allowed to express their grievances.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Unstable South Asia: An Indian expansionist dream

Saptari, Siraha affected by Madhesi Tiger strike

Life has been affected in the Terai region on the second day of the three-day Terai strike announced by the agitating Madhesi Tigers.
The tigers have announced a banda alleging that they had still not retrieved the body of two of their cadres who had been killed in police firing a week ago.
The cadres were killed in a police operation while they (police) were rescuing Rashtriya Janashakti Party, Sunsari member Kedar Bishta.
The strike has affected the rural areas of Saptari and Siraha the most.
According to locals, they are having difficulties in obtaining daily commodities due to the closure of markets and transportation services.
Meanwhile, other districts remain untouched by the effects of the closure. And the remote of terai voilance is in New Delhi.
Underground outfit warns against third country refugee resettlement

At a time when the alternative of resettling the Bhutanese refugees to third countries is being seriously considered, an outfit named Bhutan Tigers Force (BTF), a group said to be active in Bhutan in an underground manner, has warned the refugees against going for that option.
Posters and pamphlets said to be pasted by the outfit on the walls, trees and makeshift shacks in the refugee camps of Jhapa and Morang yesterday night warned that if the refugees opted for third country resettlement strong action would be taken against the agencies facilitating the resettlement.
However, the group didn’t explain why it was against the idea.
Resettling the refugees in a third country would only make the respectful return of refugees more difficult, hinder the movement waged for refugee repatriation and would be considered a conspiracy to wipe the identity of the refugees, it has been stated in the pamphlet.
An estimated 106,000 refugees have been living in Nepal since 1990 after being forcefully evicted from their homes by the Bhutanese government. U.S, Canada, Australia including few Nordic countries had proposed to take certain number of the Bhutanese refugees to their countries as part of the third country resettlement option after 15 rounds of bilateral negotiations between Nepalese and Bhutanese governments failed to resolve the refugee stalemate.
Refugees as well as their leaders remain divided over the third country option.
Finally India is now exposed and will all fire back to India.
Down with expansionist India.
Down with Bhutanese dictator.

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ULFA setting up camp in Nepal: Reports

The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), an Indian separatist group based in the Northeastern state of Assam, is shifting its base to Nepal, reported AFP news agency.
"We were in touch with Maoist groups in Nepal and procuring arms, ammunition and explosives for ULFA," Ghanakanta Bora, a senior ULFA rebel who along with his wife surrendered to Indian troops in Assam on Tuesday, was quoted as saying.
The former rebel leader said the decision comes in the wake of crackdowns in the front's Myanmar and Bangladesh hide-outs by the respective governments. "With both the military junta in Myanmar and the caretaker government in Bangladesh deciding to crackdown on groups like ULFA, the top leadership decided to look for safer sanctuaries," he told reporters.
"Nepal was considered the safest location," Bora said at a ceremony marking his surrender also attended by senior army officials.
He said the group "is currently preparing to shift a large number of cadres and leaders" to Nepal, an allegation the Maoist top brass here deny.
The ULFA has been blamed for ethnic massacres and a bombing campaign in oil and timber-rich Assam state.
Separatist violence has claimed an estimated 20,000 lives since 1979 in Assam, the largest state in India's northeast.
The Maoists, however, dismissed the allegations.
"This is totally baseless, we don't know anybody from ULFA and we have never had any relationship with them at any point in the past," Baburam Bhatterai, the Maoist second-in-command said.
"These allegations could have been made to try and derail Nepal's peace process and drag us into disputes," he said.

Why did India say that, we want an answer: Prachanda

Maoist Chairman Prachanda Wednesday claimed that media reports that India has stressed on a coalition only between the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML indicated the beginning of foreign meddling in Nepali politics.
Stating that such a statement from India at a time when the eight-party coalition was working for a democratic republic and Constituent Assembly polls was a "bad sign," Prachanda also claimed that the statement was an open intervention in Nepali politics.
"Delhi's statement has enraged the Maoists," Prachanda said, adding, "India has no right to keep some parties close to it while distancing others. Why did they (India) say that, we want an answer."
Speaking at a programme organized by the Maoist affiliated Revolutionary Journalists' Association in Butwal today, the Maoist chief also said that the argument that the latest Maoist activities had made India suspicious, was baseless.
Expressing concern over the recent Maoist activities, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a meeting with UML team headed by General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, on Tuesday had said that the unity between the Nepali Congress and UML be strengthened.
"We found that the Indian prime minister doubts the Maoist activities. The Indian premier also stressed on a permanent unity between the Nepali Congress and our party," a UML leader who was present at the meeting told ekantipur Tuesday.
Prachanda said, "In this critical time, India should suggest the eight parties to move ahead united, otherwise it better not speak on Nepali affairs."
"It's for the Nepali people to suggest and direct the Nepali political parties as to what they should do, how and when. It's not the job of New Delhi and the US."
Claiming that royalists and certain sections of the international community were plotting against the Maoists, the former rebel chief said that the CA elections would have no meaning under such circumstances.
"On the one hand there is this foreign meddling, while on the other there is the king. Both plotting against us. We will not go for a constituent assembly in such a time. Therefore the parliament should declare a republic first," he said.