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Nepal declares 2,807 security personnel as martyrs: PM Oli

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Press Trust of India Kathmandu
The Nepal Government has declared 2,807 security personnel, killed during the decade-long Maoist insurgency, as 'martyrs', Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli said on Wednesday.
At a programme organised in the national capital on the occasion of Martyrs Memorial Day, Oli said that the meeting of the Council of Ministers had declared 2,807 security personnel of the Nepali Army, Armed Police Force Nepal, Nepal Police and National Investigation Department 'martyrs'.
The entire country on Wednesday paid tribute to those who made sacrifices in the past seven decades of democratic struggle.
Those killed while fighting with the Maoist guerillas include 1,448 from Nepal Police, 1,018 from Nepal Army, 318 from Armed Police Force and 23 from the National Investigation Department, according to government data.
"The peace process is finally coming to an end after a decade-long Maoist insurgency and another decade of political transition," said Oli.
"We can only move forward, not backward. It won't be wise to revert, inciting conflicts again," Oli said.
The Nepalese civil war known popularly as the Maoist Conflict or Maoist Insurgency was a ten-year armed conflict between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) and the government of Nepal, fought from 1996 to 2006.
The rebellion was launched by the CPN-M on February 13, 1996 with the main aim of overthrowing the Nepali monarchy and establishing a People's Republic.
It ended with the comprehensive peace accord signed on November 21, 2006.

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First Published: Jan 30 2019 | 7:35 PM IST

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