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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Anti-Maoist stir on Indo-Nepal border, security beefed up

Anti-Maoist stir on Indo-Nepal border, security beefed up

District authorities stepped up security along the Indo-Nepal border following tension in Sonauli area of Maharajganj district on Saturday after traders staged a bandh against Nepal's Maoist Party obstructing entry of traders and tourists from India.
Traders said Maoists on the other side of the border were constantly attacking and looting Indian traders and not allowing trucks and tourists buses to enter Nepal for the last few days. "There is business worth Rs 5 crore per day between India and Nepal through Sonauli. Maoist activities in the last 10 days have caused a huge loss," Ranjeet Chopra, president of a local trader association, told TOI.

"Hundreds of trucks carrying goods and essential commodities get stranded on the border. We have requested Uttar Pradesh government to take up our cause with the Centre and resolve the issue by talking to the government of Nepal as early as possible," he said.

Traders say the dissident faction of Nepal's Maoist Party is creating trouble after parting ways with the party led by Prachand in June. Leader of the faction Mohan Vaidya Kiran has accused Prachand of deviating from the revolutionary ideals. Kiran has floated the Nepal Communist Party Maoist and has demanded scrapping of all treaties signed with India, including the Nepal-India Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950. The new party has launched a movement against plying of vehicles bearing Indian registration number, screening of Hindi movies and broadcast of Hindi songs by FM radios in Nepal.

Citing a report prepared by the administration for the government, sources said the anti-India Maoists group could be enjoying China's support. "We have information that the Kiran faction is being supported by Chinese agencies who want to see how India reacts to the trouble. We have sought the Centre's intervention," a senior government official told TOI.