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Nepal Extends Amnesty Scheme for Maoist Rebels

More than 400 Maoist rebels, including some top commanders, have accepted the Nepal government’s two-month-old surrender offer, prompting the authorities to extend the amnesty scheme till April 12. On December 18, government spokesperson and senior minister Kamal Thapa unveiled the two-month,amnesty-in-exchange-for-surrender policy. It even introduced weapons buy-back with the objective of disarming the rebels. “We are encouraged by the gradual increase in the number of rebels surrendering,” says home ministry spokesperson Gopendra Bahadur Pandey. “The rebels have also started turning in their weapons such as rifles, country-made guns, bombs and so on. These people have been given the promised monetary prizes as well,” he adds. Full Story

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