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Senior Maoists Likely to be Set Free Soon

The government is likely to release some top level Maoist leaders soon in deference to the code of conduct signed with the rebels couple of weeks ago. Central committee members Krishna Dhoj Khadka and his wife Rekha Sharma’s name figure among those who are to be released shortly. Khadka and Sharma are in army custody in Gorkha along with Mumaram Khanal. There are indications that Khanal’s release will take some more days. Narayan Singh Pun, the Minister for Physical Planning and the designated official coordinator for dialogue with the Maoists, is believed to have indicated the government’s intention to Maoist dialogue team member Krishna Bahadur Mahara as well. It is not yet clearly known whether the issue figured when Pun met King Gyanendra on the eve of his 10-day pilgrimage to India, but Pun is believed to have succeeded in getting the cabinet around to his view point. As a result, all those who have been in detention under the Public Security Act for more than 90 days are also going to be released. Full Story

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