“Maoists and the state allegedly killed a total of 31 and 112 people respectively, 1,141 people were killed by new armed groups.”
KATHMANDU, Sep 21 – Almost three years after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), Nepal continues to remain a conflict zone with no respite in killings, abductions and serious rights violations. If the ten-year long insurgency cost around 13,000 lives, the past two years and 10 moths witnessed a total of 1284 deaths, 2,100 abductions and mushrooming of over 100 underground armed outfits, according to INSEC records.
One distinct feature of post-CPA killings is that around 33 percent of them are committed by unidentified armed groupss. In the same way, while the two conflicting forces in the pre-CPA era–UCPN (Maoist) and the state–seem less involved in the killings in the post-CPA period, a number of new forces are responsible for 90 percent of the deaths. According to the report, while the Maoists and the state allegedly killed a total of 31 and 112 people respectively, 1,141 people were killed by new armed groups.
Besides the proliferation of new armed forces in the Tarai, political parties’ have also formed semi-armed youth wings. This has worsened the scenario. For instance, while the Maoists’ Young Communist League killed 10 and abducted 336 people, UML’s Youth Force killed one and abducted and 13.
Government apathy towards implementing past agreements and the tendency among political parties to defend criminal activities of their youth wings have also made a bad situation worse, according to Ganesh Bhandari of INSEC, who briefed about the post-CPA scenario on the occasion of World Peace Day on Monday.
- Post-CPA scenario (two years ten months period)
- Deaths -1284, abductions -2,100
- Over 100 armed groups have emerged
- New armed groups killed 1,141
- UCPN (Maoist) killed 31
- State killed 112
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