HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
DAMAK/PARASI: A day after reports surfaced that Maoist PLA commanders were snatching cheques given to Maoist fighters who chose voluntary retirement scheme, as many as 40 combatants of Danabari, a satellite camp under the First Division Cantonment in Chulachuli of Ilam, have complained that their seniors intercepted them as soon as they received their cheques and went away.
Even retiring fighters of Hattikhor, Kawasoti, under the Nawalparasi-based Fourth Division Cantonment, came up with similar complaints. The retiring fighters said they were even ‘warned’ if they failed to give cheques to commanders.
“No sooner had we received the cheques the commanders took them away from us,” alleged combatant Dhanendra of Danabari camp.
Yam Bahadur Adhikari, a commander at Chulachuli, downplayed the allegations and said if there was any problem, it could be sorted out through ‘dialogue’.
A female combatant in Hattikhor, who refused to be named fearing consequences, said, “There are several fighters whose cheques have been taken away by commanders.” Tears rolled down her cheeks as she said, “At this point I regret why I joined the Maoist army. Those with whom we shared our meals are now acting like beasts.” She was lucky enough though to have her cheque saved with the help of government monitors. Bishnu Rokaya, a fighter, who had been here to receive the cheque yesterday, is trying to hide himself from the commanders as he was beaten up by a commander after a dispute flared up over whether he was ready to ‘pay’ 25 per cent of
what he receives.