KATHMANDU: In what appears to be a fitting reply to the political parties resisting smooth integration of the Maoist army, hardliner Mohan Baidya has initiated a process to form a new paramilitary force comprising the retired and disqualified combatants loyal to it.
He has initiated the process as a fitting reply to the political parties like Congress which has demonstrated resistance to smooth integration of Maoist combatants while also supporting the army against the idea. Baidya is well known to protest the ongoing process of the combatants’ integration and rehabilitation which has not been as demanded by the Maoists.
Meanwhile Baidya camp leaders have started saying that there is a need to organize people for another revolution and hence the latest move. Baidya has kick started the enlistment of youth in the new force amid a function in Dang where he also addressed a meeting.
He has issued a circular urging the combatants to choose voluntary retirement instead of integration so that they can join the force again. Baidya has started regrouping combatants after the retirement of 7,000 combatants have left cantonments with cash incentives.
Those combatants are now being recruited into the people’s volunteers bureau led by Netra Bikram Chand. The faction headed by Baidya held a gathering of disqualified fighters discharged from cantonments two years ago.
General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa appealed them to be prepared for another struggle. Combatants above the rank of platoon joint-commander have been participating in the new activisim. They have been reported to have lamented how they party sidelined them following retirement.
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