Armed Maoist rebels have taken eight civilians, including three women, into hostage in a remote village in Rukum district in the mid-western Nepal even after the mutual announcement of the cease-fire and a code of conduct. Motiram Batala, one of the hostages, who managed to escape from the Maoist captivity, told The Kathmandu Post that seven others were still locked up inside a three-storey house at Kholagaon Village Development Committee-4, located west of Musikot, the district headquarters. He said that all the imprisoned people, aged between 20 to 30, are from the Kholagaon VDC and they were abducted on different charge sheets. According to Batala, he and four others were taken into hostage immediately after the announcement of cease-fire on January 29. He, however, managed to flee the Maoist captivity last week. He said they were first abducted and taken into hostage because they refused to give donations. Full Story
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