Friday, September 02, 2005

Indian and Nepali Maoists vow to fight together

Reuters

Kathmandu, September 2: Maoist rebels in Nepal and India have vowed to join together to promote communism, reinforcing fears that the bloody insurgency in the Himalayan kingdom could spill over into its neighbour.
Nepali Maoist chief Prachanda and his Indian counterpart Ganapathy accused the governments of the two countries of trying to crush their movements.

"We pledge to fight unitedly till the entire conspiracies hatched by the imperialists and reactionaries are crushed and the people's cause of socialism and communism (is) established in Nepal, India and all over the world," they said in a joint statement e-mailed to journalists late on Thursday.

"We two Maoist parties solemnly appeal to the entire oppressed masses, the world over, and Nepal and India in particular, to raise their voice against every evil design of imperialism and expansionism to repress the revolutionary cause of the oppressed people in Nepal and India," it said.

Kathmandu says that Nepali Maoists, fighting since 1996 to replace the Hindu monarchy with a communist republic in Nepal, receive support from Indian Maoist groups fighting for the rights of landless peasants.

Indian security agencies have also been worried about Maoists in the two countries working together and blame them for several raids on Indian police stations on the India-Nepal frontier.

The nine-year insurgency has killed more than 12,500 people in Nepal, while more than 6,000 people have died in the decades-old Maoist campaign in India.

Nepal's King Gyanendra sacked the government and seized power in February, accusing politicians of failing to crush the Maoist revolt. But violence has continued unabated in the mountainous country wedged between India and China.

Last month, Andhra Pradesh outlawed the Communist Party of India (Maoist), led by Ganapathy, after the leftist extremists killed 10 people, including a provincial lawmaker and a bureaucrat.

The rebels remain active in Andhra Pradesh and about half a dozen other Indian states.



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