media reports, security forces have shot dead seven Maoist
insurgents at Pedari in the Bankati Village Development
Committee (VDC) area of Banke district on February 19.
reports said that Maoists have abducted at least 300 students
and six teachers from a school at Holeree village in the Rolpa
district of western Nepal. Further, the Maoists have reportedly
rendered 286 students under ‘house arrest’ at the Bhaisoli
VDC area in Accham district.
In a separate
incident, the insurgents detonated a bomb in the premises
of District Education Office at Kalaiya Gangapur in Bara district
on February 19.
Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) sources said that six Maoist insurgents
and three top-Maoist leaders, including ‘company commander;
of the Mechi-Koshi ‘seventh brigade’, Gagan Bahadur Bharati,
Maoist chief of the Bhirgaun VDC area, Udaya Bahadur Basnyat,
and vice-president of the Kirat National Liberation Front,
Dhankuta, Tilak Prasad Rai, surrendered before the security
forces in Dhankuta on February 20. They also handed over two
7.62 SLRs, 156 live bullets, two .303 rifles and 70 bullets
to the authorities. Separately, another Maoist surrendered
before the authorities at Nagin in Paanchthar district.