With this simple trick the PLA disbanding has not weakened the effective Maoists'
power at all, who have maintained full control of the “red areas” – although in
civilian clothes and with cold steel – in order to bias the forthcoming November
historical vote in their favour. During the last months the young Maoists have
started attacking police forces trying to penetrate in their zones and have begun
performing so-called “people justice” acts against “people enemies”; policemen,
soldiers and “collaborationists” kidnapping and killing, land, property and smuggling
merchandise seizures, attacks against government structures.
Actions peaked with the kidnapping of Sitaram Prasai, a famous banker accused
by the government for fraud kidnapped and then handed over to the police by the
red guards on June 3rd
. A “criminal” action, the prime minister Koirala thundered, provoking tough
reactions among the Maoists who have asked the premier, from the streets and in
the Kathmandu parliament, to apologise with the Young Communists League. “Koirala's
words show that he is the one on the criminal side, not us who are fighting them”,
Prachanda replied, rejecting requests to stop YCL “atrocities” and announcing,
on the contrary, his intention to double its staff, bringing it to 250,000 units
in few months.