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Terrorist Tag on Maoists; [State of] Emergency Not Ruled Out

The government has re-imposed the tag of terrorists on the Maoists effective today as a part of it s pro-active policy to deal with the new threat triggered by the rebels’ unilateral decision to break the ceasefire on Wednesday. Briefing a select group of journalists, newspaper publishers and broadcasters at his office this afternoon, the spokesman for the government, Information Minister Kamal Thapa, explained that through their foolhardy decision to dump the peace dialogue, Maoists left the government with no option other than to take “swift and firm action” in the greater interest of the nation. Thapa, however, said the government had not yet made up its mind as regards the desirability of re-issuing the red corner notice and announcing a lucrative bounty on the top hats of the Maoist hierarchy. “Every State action from now onwards depends on how the situation develops on a minute-to-minute, day-to-day basis. Our security forces will remain extra alert,” said the minister who for the first time divulged his gut feeling that the Maoists from the very outset were bent upon breaking the resumed talks in Nepalganj and Hapure. As he reckoned it, the rebels’ rigidity regarding monarchy had all along been a clear signal of which way the talks would go. Full Story

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