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Over 1000 Students abducted in Nepal

Friday 10 June 2005

KATHMANDU: Armed groups of Maoists have abducted some 1,000 students and teachers from different schools in western Nepal for forceful indoctrination on rebel ideology, state-run media reported on Thursday.

The rebels abducted the students mainly from Class 9 and 10 and two teachers from each school in Jajarkot district, said The Rising Nepal daily.

They took away 150 students and two teachers from a school in the district on Wednesday, it said quoting a teacher of the school. The other 850 students and teachers from 11 schools of the district were taken away towards unknown destination.

The daily said the south-eastern district of Chitawan was in grief four days after the landmine blast triggered by the Maoist that killed at least 40 persons and wounded dozens travelling on the passenger bus.

Though Maoist top leader Prachanda had apologised for the incident saying it was a mistake, the family members of the victims were not satisfied, it said.

Journalists freed

The Amnesty International Nepal Chapter has asked the Maoists to probe into the landmine and make public the full report of its internal investigation and action taken against the culprits, The Rising Nepal said.

The police freed dozens of local journalists on Thursday, a day after they were detained for trying to stage a demonstration demanding freedom of the press in the revolt-torn Himalayan kingdom.

The journalists were taken away just before their campaign in the heart of Kathmandu where protest rallies are banned since King Gyanendra sacked the government. - PTI, Agencies

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