Thursday, June 4, 2009

Maoists demonstrate against border encroachment

The Unified CPN (Maoist) staged rallies in the capital Thursday afternoon protesting the encroachment of Nepali territory by India and harassment of Nepalis living in bordering villages.

After rallies at different parts of Kathmandu, hundreds of Maoist cadres and some central leaders staged sit-in in front of the Indian embassy at Lainchaur, chanting slogans against the encroachment of Nepali land and harassment of Nepalis by Indian border security personnel. They also submitted a memorandum at the embassy calling for immediate end of the border encroachment.

Earlier today, the Unified CPN (Maoist) called an all-party meeting to discuss the border encroachment and evacuation of Nepali settlers from several border villages in Dang. At the meeting the parties agreed to send a joint delegation to Dang district to assess the situation there.

Madhesi parties including Madhesi Janadhikar Forum, Terai Madhesh Loktantrik Party and Sadbhawana Party didn't attend the meeting.

As many as 6000 Nepalis have been displaced after the Indian Seema Surakchya Bal (SSB) personnel forced them out of their homes in 22 bordering villages in Dang district. There have been reports of widespread harassment of Nepalis by the SSB men while the Nepal government has not yet reacted officially to the incident.

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