Nepal: Peopsl's Liberation Army Cantonment Divisional Locations
Last updated: 26 November 2006
As part of the arms management effort, Maoist combatants have been confined in cantonment sites such as this one in Surkhet, 700 km west of the capital UN monitors will be stationed in Maoist cantonment sites such as this one in Surkhet district, 700 km west of the capital
"Camp Life"

The camps are not in the best condition. Maoist combatants living in the cantonments get up at 5am to do their morning training. Afterwards they attend English lessons and clean up the weapons. They also play football and 12.5 per cent of the Maoists are allowed to leave the camp at one time - of course without weapons. So there is actually an organised programme for them.
Source: Swissinfo 2007

Location: Chitwan, Nepal

Though the government and Maoists had agreed to send fighters of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to seven cantonment sites by November 21, those supposed to camp at the sites selected in Chitwan have not arrived.

Commissar of the PLA's third division, Sonam, said fighters of two brigades have arrived in Chitwan and the rest are on their way. The division has resumed its activities from today, he added.

The cantonments in Chitwan will accommodate five brigades of the Narayani and Bagmati zones, including Gorkha, Dolkha and Ramechhap districts, grouped under the special command of the PLA.

A total of 7,500 PLA fighters will be integrated in Chitwan. Among them, planning is afoot to lodge two brigade divisions in the division headquarters and three other brigades at Gairibari in Shaktikhor, Bhutyaha in Ch ≈ainpur and Rasauli in Birendranagar. However, the United Nations has not yet approved these sites.

At least 1,000 PLA fighters, who were on their way to Chitwan today, were stranded in Banepa, Kavre, after residents of Basdole disrupted traffic in protest against a road mishap at Nalinchowk yesterday. Two persons were killed in the accident. The fighters are sheltering in locals' houses in Banepa, said Maoists' Banepa in-charge, Amrit.

As the proposed site at Kamidanda in Kavre was found to be inappropriate, the tripartite survey team of the Maoists, the government and the UN selected Shaktikhor for the cantonment after touring the site on Sunday.

Maoists' central member and western regional bureau in-charge, Hitraj Pandey, alias Uttam, said all the fighters could not be sent to the camp sites due to delay in deciding on the site.

Meanwhile, the tripartite team has decided to set up a cantonment at Arunkhola in Nawalparasi instead of the proposed site ƒ at Chiturgedanda, Devinagar, in Palpa.
In Nawalparasi too, Maoists had proposed a site at Jargha for setting up the camp. However, the team selected Arunkhola for the cantonment.

In Dhangadhi, PLA fighters who are supposed to go to sub-camps at Bankhet and Lamki Gorange in Musariya have been putting up at locals' houses.

In Dang, activities at Dahawan, Nuwagaun VDC-2, have increased after the survey team decided to set up the main temporary camp for the PLA's fifth division. Some 25,00 PLA fighters will put up in the camp.

Source: Himalayan News Service Kathmandu, November 21, 2006


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