HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The government today claimed that small armed groups and organised crime were fading away in the Tarai with pro-active policing, but conceded they were posing a threat to the Capital city.
According to police statistics, 33 small armed groups remained inactive from December 2009 through the same period in 2010 in the eastern, central, western and mid-western regions. DIG Nawa Raj Dhakal, NP spokesperson, said these groups were dismantled or weakened after their leaders were either killed, arrested or surrendered during encounters with security forces.
But the bad news is Kathmandu is becoming a soft target for dispersed armed groups. Nine outfits, including Naag Raja, International Tigers, Virus Killer, Rastriya Army Nepal, Akhil Tarai Mukti Morcha (Pratap) and Nepal Defence Army were found to be involved in detonating bombs and issuing extortion threats.
“Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha (Rajan), Janatantrik Mukti Morcha and Liberation Tarai Tigers were rendered inactive in Dhanusha following negotiations with the government,” he informed.
“In Rautahat, district secretary of Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha (Goit) Baiju Patel surrendered to police while district leader of Tarai International Tigers Lal Babu Sah and his counterpart in the Tarai Tufan Yuwa Samuha Ashok Raya Yadav were arrested, and central chairman of Madhes Tarai Force Raghuveer was gunned down”.
In Bara, nine armed outfits faded away during the period. Police claimed the Special Security Plan had worked with 239 leaders and cadres of small armed groups being arrested elsewhere in the country, and 182 firearms, 523 rounds of bullets and 46 bombs being seized by police.
According to statistics, 14 armed groups in the eastern, 16 in the central, seven in the western, eight in the mid-western and one in the far-western region still exist. The districts affected by armed outfits are Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Jhapa, Udayapur, Khotang, Parsa, Sarlahi, Kapilvastu, Rupandehi, Banke, Bardiya and Dang.
A total of 107 armed outfits, especially ethnic-based, are operating in Nepal at present.