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`Stop support to Nepal monarchy'

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Nepali People's Right Protection Committee has urgedIndia not to extend "moral, material and military support" to the monarchy in Nepal.

Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, its central committee president Laxman Pant said India should stop dealing with the monarchy as it had been rejected by the people of Nepal.

He said the Nepalese people should be allowed to decide what they wanted, and no outside force, including India and the U.S., should interfere with Nepal's internal affairs. Mr. Pant said the Maoist movement in Nepal was not a terrorist organisation. "It is a political movement, and Maoist leaders are all political people. So, those leaders who had been detained in various prisons of India must be released forthwith and accorded the status of a political leader of a foreign country," he said.

Mr. Pant said the committee represented about eight million Nepalese people working in India, and added that it was striving for their welfare as well as for the cause of democracy in Nepal.

``Rural Nepal under Maoists''

He said vast parts of rural Nepal were controlled by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). The Maoists' armed struggle was out of compulsion, he said, as their efforts to bring about a working democracy by participating in the electoral process in 1991 failed to yield any result.

The committee is holding its two-day national meet here on Saturday and Sunday. While the first day's proceedings would be a closed-door affair, there would be an open session on Sunday. The meet will also elect office-bearers for the State Committees.

Mr. Pant, accompanied by the Tamil Nadu-Pondicherry State Committee president Nand Tiwari, said they had units in 22 States and in Pondicherry and Chandigarh.

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