The thugs appointed as ministers by a regressed king who stole the representative government unconstitutionally (the phenomena is called kleptocracy) are shouting with their might that the current peoples struggle was infiltrated by CPN Maoist cadres. They even used irresponsible security personnel and vigilante, generally known in Nepal as hired killers and muggers, to torture the arrested demonstrators, already injured with bullet wounds or baton charges, and to make them sign the ‘confessed document’ of being Maoist cadres. Those were, of course, funny and stupid methods! There are none within Nepal and outside in the world who believed them or their ‘constructed’ evidences, or would ever believe.
As the struggle is lengthened, other sides of stories have surfaced. There were indeed not a few, but many ‘infiltrators’. These so called infiltrators were caught red-handed by demonstrators themselves and a few by Human Rights observers as well. These ‘infiltrators’ confessed that they were sent or hired by the government to provoke the demonstrators as well as police in order to sabotage the struggle! Some were irresponsible security personnel in plain clothes; others were vigilante and Mandale goons. They hurled stones and sticks over the police personnel who were not active or interested to suppress the demonstrators. Their identity and crimes are recorded by the demonstrators properly.
The vigilante and hired goons, having been exposed and less effective, are now targeting lone journalists, human right defenders, politicians, and peoples in deserted streets while returning from the demonstrations. Some of the victims are grievously injured. The authority is now increasingly committing such crimes as it is confronting with problems that more and more police and soldiers are openly siding with the struggling people, disobeying the orders or commands of its officers. In many places throughout the country, the police not only refused to suppress the demonstrators, but also welcomed the latter by clapping or raising their hands.
As the numbers of demonstrating mass is growing bigger, the people’s struggle is becoming more and more peaceful. In Janakpur, the demonstration drew more than 75,000 people on 31st Chaitra (13 April). The police backed up as the demonstrator started crossing the so called prohibited areas. The army personnel, lined in front and a few meters away from the approaching demonstration, was ordered to shoot. Instead, the soldiers ‘gun-downed’ by pointing the guns to the ground near their boots and refused to shoot. The crowd rejoiced, waved hands towards the soldiers and continued onward march peacefully and uneventfully, shouting louder and more radical slogans. This is the character and strength of present peoples’ struggle – peaceful and responsible, if not provoked by security personnel. The Janakpur incident is a glaring example pointing who are the ‘infiltrators’ and culprits.
In Narayanghat, Bharatpur, the demonstration drew more than 100,000 people on April 13 and about 150,000 on April 14 (New Year day, Baisakh 1, 2063). Both demonstrations were not intervened by the police. As a result, both demonstrations passed peacefully. The demonstration of April 14 was the funeral procession to cremate the body of the female martyr – Tulasi Chhetri, murdered by army firing a few days earlier. The demonstrators, majority of which were women, were irritated and in tears. In addition to the irritation and sorrows, the demonstrators were provoked by the sight of security personnel. Yet they maintained peaceful onward march. Security personnel too, instead of provoking, raised their hats or hands as mark of respect to the martyr. This was done to disrespect the government orders.
In Kohalpur, the commanding officer in a nearby military barrack sent as many as 10 soldiers in plain clothes carrying live grenades and stones, while other hundred soldiers took position in a bunker, a few meters away, ready to shoot with their SLRs and INSAS rifles. Luckily, the demonstrators spotted them and caught red-handed. The plain cloth soldiers did not resist, as if they too wanted to be caught by the people before the planned crime. They confessed their identity, their supposed mission, and the name of the CO (Major). One of them was handed to International Human Rights observer with grenades and stones in this pockets and bags. The rest were handed to the police. The demonstration of about 40,000 passed uneventfully but shouting more radical slogans against the king and monarchy.
Another glaring example is Gongabu incident in Kathmandu of April 11. At that time, a demonstration of about 25,000 were approaching the street near the house of Roop Sagar Moktan, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG). Suddenly, the demonstrators were fired with hundreds of bullets injuring more than 200 people. Naturally, the people stormed the house and sacked a constable, Mr. Nanda P Tanamg, who confessed that Assistant Sub-Inspector Nahakul Khatri, Constables Narayan Karki, and Shankar Paudel fired with a SLR and three rifles as ordered by AIG himself over the phone. At the same time, the home minister was saying that the Maoist fired and bombed the place. At the very moment again, hundreds of armed policemen were taking position from a near distance, ready to fire over the demonstrators. Even with such provocations from the authority, the demonstrators did not loose their patience and were largely peaceful. They were unprovoked and did not run away either. The ‘shooters’ who had taken position did not find a ‘pretest’ to shoot. Probably, they unheeded the order to shoot. Later, people came to know that many of the injured demonstrators with serious bullet wounds were abducted and made ‘disappeared’. Their whereabouts and conditions are not yet known.
There may be many more examples pointing the real culprits or infiltrators. The hired provocateurs as well as wild army and armed police officers and few jawans have totally failed. The government of thugs (and not of the people by any standard) is thoroughly exposed. Yet it wants to stick to the power in spite of the will of people and worldwide condemnations. As for the people, they will not stop till Loktantra is installed and monarchy buried forever.
From a Prison cell: Yen, April 15, 2006.