New Delhi, Nov 13 (PTI) On his second visit here since becoming Nepal s Prime Minister three months back, Pushpa Kumar Dahal Prachanda has sought release of his 100 erstwhile Maoist colleagues lodged in various jails in India. Dahal, who led a decade-long Maoist agitation before joining the mainstream last year, made the demand during his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, sources said.
The two leaders also discussed issues related to the proposed changes to be made in the Indo-Nepal Friendship Treaty. During the meeting last night, Prachanda sought release of about 100 Maoists, who include some senior cadres of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).
The Maoists, most of whom are in prisons in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, were arrested over the years as their organisation was banned in India. Prachanda himself had spent many years in hiding in India from where he led the armed struggle against monarchy in Nepal.
The Nepalese leader, who visited India in September, is here to attend the second summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). At a press conference after the summit today, he said Nepal was earlier engaged in a very serious internal conflict as we were fighting against feudal autocracy .
He said it had affected development in his country. But tremendous change is now going on in Nepal.
There is a qualitative change in the situation as an unique peace process is going on, Prachanda said. Prachanda is visiting Dehradun from where he will travel to Tehri to inspect the hydel project there.
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