KATHMANDU, Feb 13: The rebels had already fought the 'People's War' for six years. The country was reeling under deep conflict and restlessness. The government was under pressure to quash the rebellion, but it was getting more violent with the Maoists attacking government offices at one or the other places, basically in rural areas. The rebels were yet to face the army in the battleground. So, they did not know whether they could stand the challenge of the army.
ROLPA, May 5: Holeri bazaar of Rolpa has a special connection with the ‘people’s war’. During the decade-long Maoist insurgency, this town never remained at peace. On 13 February of 1996, Maoists attacked the police post in Holeri and went underground officially. While the police were not prepared for the attack, the rebels had bombed with powerful explosives.