From The Nepali Press
No more guns
Samacharpatra, 8 February
FROM ISSUE #183 (13 FEB 2004 - 19 FEB 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Dhankuta-After surrendering at the District Administration Office, ex-Maoists are now running a snooker club at the district's Dara Bazar. They say their main aim is to divert the youth from violence by making them join their club. The three ex-Maoists, Purna Chemjong, Santosh Chemjong and Lok Bahadur Chemjong were clueless about what to do next, so they started the club investing Rs 35,000 as starting capital. "We were carrying guns and living in the jungle and finally we decided to give it up," says Purna. He adds that the three of them, working with Maoist-affliliated Kirat Workers Party, had a disagreement with the central committee leader of the Maoist Party, and were then sent to the forest for three nights without any food.