15 JANUARY 2020 I Nepal’s former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” says he is ready to take responsibility for the wartime deaths of 5,000 Nepalese people.
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) fought against the then Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) and other security apartus of the state from 1996 to 2006 resulting in a senseless loss of an estimated 17,000 “innocent” lives. Many in Nepal believe the actual number could well be higher.
This is the first time that the former guerilla leader has spoken so candidly about the deathly statistics.
Speaking at a Kathmandu programme organised by the Tharu community to celebrate Maghi festival, Mr Dahal complained that blaming him for all of the 17,000 Nepalese men and women killed by the warring parties would not do “justice” to him.
Pointing out that the state had killed 12,000 people, the former rebel leader said, “I will take responsibility for those five thousand (murdered Nepalese citizens ) only.”
“I am told that I came (to mainstream politics) by killing twelve thousand people. This data is not correct,” he said in a video broadcast live on Facebook on Wednesday.