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New Nepal Rebels Brutalize Old Friends

Armed with guns, iron rods and carpenters’ tools, militants swarmed through a Nepalese village and banged at one door. Inside, they threw a woman to the floor, beat her and drilled holes into her legs. Rupa Pun, a teacher and anti-guerrilla activist, and her husband Pari Thapa, a communist politician, were paying the price for opposing men he once called friends — and who now head Nepal’s Maoist rebels. Thapa, 42, launched the first influential group opposed to the Maoist militants within their own strongholds. The rivalry simmered for years, and he was threatened repeatedly. Then in November, a Maoist “assault group” — a team specializing in retribution against purported traitors — attacked his wife in their remote village while he was in the capital, Katmandu. They beat 40-year-old Pun with iron rods for hours, kicked her and attacked her with a hand-powered drill. Then they fled, leaving her to die. But Pun survived. Thapa saw her three days later in a Katmandu hospital. Full Story

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