-  Monday 24 February 2020

Activists demand release of Nepali Maoists jailed in India

New Delhi, March 31 
Around 100 political activists from India and Nepal including CPN-UML leader Bam Dev Gautam on Friday partook in a demonstration in the Indian capital demanding the release of Nepali Maoist leaders imprisoned in India.
While demanding immediate and unconditional release of Maoist leaders C.P Gajurel alias 'Gaurav' and Mohan Baidya alias 'Kiran', they also urged the Indian government to release all Nepali political prisoners currently languishing in Indian prisons.

Gajurel has been languishing in Chennai jail since 2003, while Baidya was imprisoned in Siliguri in 2004. The government has issued Interpol Red Corner notices against them. In all, 180 Nepali Maoists were arrested by the Indian government since 2001, according a recent Home Ministry report. It's not clear how many of them have been extradited.

But Gautam argued on Friday that India should unconditionally release all Nepali prisoners in the context of it supporting a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Nepal by "facilitating" the 12-point agreement between the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the CPN-Maoist.

In the 'Dharna' staged at Jantarmantar, he was joined by Left analyst Hari Roka, pro-Maoist Pravashi leader Laxman Pant; and Indian Left writers Ananda Swaroop Verma, Gautam Naulakha, Anil Chamadiya and Raj Kumar Bhati. 


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