by Chiranjibi Paudyal
American Reporter Correspondent
July 7, 2001
KATHMANDU, July 7, 2001 -- Underground Maoist rebels in this land-locked and troubled Kingdom killed at least 41 policemen last night in three separate incidents in western Nepal. It was the most deadly attack by Maoists since the Royal Palace massacre, in which 10 people including the King, Queen, Crown Prince, and members of the royal family were killed by the former Crown Prince.
The rebels attacked the Bichaur Police Post in Lamjung district in western Nepal at 2:30 P.M. Friday night, killing 22 policemen, including one police inspector, in the cross-fire.
About 12 of the Maoists are believed to have been killed in the incidents, said the state-run Radio Nepal, quoting the Lamjung chief district officer.
At least 10 policemen were killed by the Maoist rebels at Taruka Police post in Nuwakot district, 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, and at least nine other policemen were killed in Bamitaxar, in Gulmi district, about 161 miles west of Kathmandu last night, police said. The rebels have also destroyed the police posts with bombs after looting them for weapons, according to Radio Nepal.
The Maoists have greatly increased anti-government ambushes and other attacks throughout the country, including in Kathmandu, the capital, over the last few years. Bombs were discovered ready to explode in many parts of the capital Thursday and Friday, and one exploded in front of the chief justice's official residence, a short distance from the Prime Minister's residence.
No one was injured in the incident. Police believe that Maoists are trying to terrorize people in advance of a general srtrike the Maoists have called for July 12.
The chief justice escaped a Maoist attack in western Nepal about six months ago. Six people, including one senior judicial official, were killed in that incident.
At least 10 people, including 6 policemen and 3 Maoist rebels,were killed in fighting in two separate incidents in the Tanahun and Rolpadistricts last week.
The rebels also kidnapped 34 policemen in Banke and Pyuthan inwestern Nepal last Thursday.
More than 1,600 people have been killed since the Maoistinsurgency began in 1996. The Maoists want to establish a Communist system modeled on that of the of Peoples Republic of China to replace the present parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy.
Nepal, a small landlocked country sandwiched between two Asiangiants, India and China, faces many problems including the insurgency,slow economic growth and widespread poverty.
In response to the insurgency, the government has launched an integrated security and development program in seven affected districts of western Nepal. The program will be launched by mobilizing the police andNepalese Army.