The UCPN (Maoist) top brass on Monday refused to participate in a meeting of three major political parties called at the Prime Minister's residence at Baluwatar, saying that 13 Maoist cadres were filed a criminal lawsuit at Chitwan district court on the war-era Adhikari murder case.
"At one hand, the government is talking about forming a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On the other, it is arresting our cadres in the name of conflict-era human rights cases," UCPN (M) chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal told the meeting before it began officially.
Dahal further issued a one-day ultimatum to Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, stressing that his arrested cadres have to be released by Tuesday. "Otherwise, the UCPN (M) will not participate in any meeting of the political parties and the government," Dahal said, according to his aides.
Meanwhile, human rights activists have welcomed the filing of lawsuit against 13 Maoist cadres for murdering Krishna Prasad Adhikari of Phujel, Gorkha, during the armed conflict (1996-2006).
"The lawsuit is an important beginning. It will not be acceptable, if a criminal case is seen through political eyes offering amnesty to the perpetrators," they said.
They have further requested the parents of deceased Adhikari to break their hunger strike.
The District Attorney Office, Chitwan on Sunday had filed the criminal lawsuit against 13 Maoist cadres. Eleven of them are absconding, while two were arrested in connection with the case.