December 23, 2018 10:10 AM NPT
Coordinator of Khumbuwan Mukti Morcha (Samyukta) David Khumbu (L) handing over the outfit's weapons to government talks team leader Som Prasad Pandey at the District Administration Office, Sunsari on Saturday. Republica
ITAHARI, Dec 23: After almost a decade of armed struggle, Khumbuwan Mukti Morcha (Samyukta) – an ethnic outfit in the eastern region of Nepal – has finally handed over its weapons to the government.
The group's coordinator David Khumbu and other members handed over their arms to the government's dialogue team headed by coordinator Som Prasad Pandey at the District Administration Office, Sunsari on Saturday.
The group surrendered five home-made guns, one pistol, its magazine and four rounds of bullets after a series of dialogues with the government team. The government team informed Republica that they are actively trying to bring the armed outfit in mainstream politics peacefully.
However, the dialogue team informed that there is no logic in holding dialogue with secessionist CK Raut, who is demanding complete secession of Madhes. “Dialogues can be held with groups having political agenda,” said Pandey. He also informed that there is also no immediate possibility of holding dialogues with Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal.
“But we are making internal attempts to initiate dialogue with them,” he added.