SOLDIERS WITH SCHOOLBAGS
Many of the widely reported “abductions” are more a coercion to attend cultural programs. But there are also unfounded claims that the Maoist are trying to raise a 50,000-strong child militia
BY SUSHMA JOSHI Nation Weekly, May 9-16, 2004
On April 21, newspapers re-ported that the Maoists had abducted 162 people, including 120 students, from the villages of Subhang and Bharapa in Panchthar. The papers weren’t clear when they had been abducted and the local residents were at a loss to explain why. Next day, 1,000 more were taken hostage from the villages in Panchthar and Taplejung—neither of them a Maoist stronghold.