Check criminal activities of Maoist's YCL: NHRC

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Kathmandu, May 19: Echoing the concerns expressed by political parties like Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML regarding the alleged criminal activities of Maoist's youth wing, the Young Communist League (YCL), National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (NHRC) has called for an independent probe.

The human rights watchdog has urged the Nepali government to carry out an independent probe into various incidents of threat, intimadation and abduction perpetrated by the Maoist youth wing, the YCL. "NHRC has received complaints and information that YCL has committed inhuman activities like abduction, murder, beating and issuing threats. NHRC expresses serious concern over these activities," NHRC said in a statement yesterday, Kantipur reported.

In the statement, the constitutional human rights watchdog has listed 10 complaints it has received in recent days against the Maoist youth wing which include the May 10 murder of Ram Hari Shrestha after abduction that has led to continued agitation in the country and its capital. The other charges include seriously beating and injuring UML cadres Ram Singh Rai, Khagendra Kumar Rai, Dedraj Basnet and Kul Bahadur Rai at Kulung Bhojpur.

The national human rights watchdog has said the YCL activities have violated the fundamental rights enshrined in the Interim Constitution, Comprehensive Peace Agreement and international humanitarian laws.

The NC and CPN-UML have desisted from alligning with the CPN-M in the governmnet formation in Nepal that has led to a political deadlock in the Himalayan nation due to the violent style of Maoist political activites and militant nature of its youth wing, the YCL.

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