Govt start internal preparation to arrest top guns of CPN-Maoist

Kathmandu: While the poll opposing CPN-Maoist led 33-party bloc is hell-bent on making the 10-day long nationwide banda success by hook or crook, the government is also devising a strategy to foil the banda in the light of recent violent incidents including arson, bomb plantation and other anti-poll activities.
The government has felt a need to devise new strategy after the rise of incidences of violence and the failure to arrest the riots even by deploying substantive number of security personnel from Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Temporary Police, Nepal Police and National Investigation Department.
According high level security source, the security agencies are mulling over the arrest or house arrest of top leaders of the CPN-Maoist including 33-party alliance. CPN-Maoist general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’, secretary Net Bikram Chand and other former leaders of combatants are already underground fearing the possible arrest.
The government has planned to either arrest, house arrest or put under surveillance to other senior most leaders of the CPN-Maoist along with its chairman Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’, Vice-chairman CP Gajurel, secretary Dev Gurung and spokesperson Pampha Bhusal  after the security agencies felt that they might also go underground to inflict violent activities on the polling day.
It is learnt that the Home Ministry has already directed the high level security officials to remain prepared on this regard. However, there is no any concrete direction on when this strategy be going to be to be enforced, said the security source.  Following the directive of the Home Ministry, the security agencies have already started keeping a tab on the movement and activities of the CPN-Maoist and 33-party alliance leaders. The security agencies are told to put the agitating leaders under the surveillance in a way that they are under arrest.
The government has analysed that the rise in the violent incidents by the CPN-Maoist could create terror among the people. Since it would be difficult for the government to prove its rationale if the election is not held on November 19, the government has ordered the security administration to do whatever security arrangement required to ensure fear-free environment during the polls.