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Unified Military Command Against Rebels Worries Nepal Democrats

As Nepal moves to unify its security apparatus to battle the Maoist rebels who have launched murderous strikes in recent weeks, rights activists and political leaders are concerned about the dangers of such concentration of power in the hands of the army. According to the government’s plan, the police, the armed police, the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) and the intelligence department – comprising 340,000 personnel – will be mobilized under a single command. Though the chief district officers will control the security personnel, the army will lead the unified command during operations. As far as the government is concerned, the move was inevitable. Following the breakdown of the ceasefire on August 27, the body bags have been piling up – over 700 Maoists and 180 security personnel have been killed in clashes across the country. Full Story

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