HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BHOJPUR: Years after Maoist revolutionaries joined mainstream politics, a large swathe of land seized by the rebels during the insurgency period is yet to be returned to the rightful owners in Sankhuwasabha district.
One of the victims, Sushil Neupane, of Wana VDC-7, complained that it felt like they were still living in the conflict era.
“Levelling false charges like espionage and the likes, they drove us out from our houses and seized our land, but years on, although they have joined peaceful politics, we still have not acquired ownership of our lost property,” lamented Neupane. He added that none of the government authorities had helped them get their property back so far.
According to the family, around 100 ropani their land is presently under control of the Maoists. “Since the lands were seized in 2001, some local Maoist big fish named Mankaji and Digbir have been using the land,” said Arjun Neupane, another member of the family, adding, “After the peace process, we declared we had donated the land to the local Khaptuwa Secondary School, Lingling Phapung, Wana VDC, but the Maoist are yet to lay their hands off it.”
Meanwhile, Human Rights Organisation Sankhuwasabha President Rudranath Dahal confirmed the status of the once seized land was still in the former rebels’ grip. Dahal urged the government to do the needful to release the captured land.
Meanwhile, the Maoists have also seized some 50 ropani land belonging to locals in Sitalpati. Commenting on the issue, CPN-Maoist has argued that all the land seized in the past had been done ‘legally’.