Dahal's wartime security commander is now Nepal Army officer
KATHMANDU, Oct 15: Birendra BM lost his three family members - his father and two sisters-during the decade-long Maoist insurgency. But he ensured foolproof security to UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal for years.
Birendra provided security to the former supreme commander of the Maoist army from the time Dahal and his family arrived in Rolpa, the Maoist hotbed, until Dahal became the prime minister.
When Dahal arrived in Rolpa, the task of ensuring security to the Maoist chairman was a very crucial responsibility to the Maoist army, People´s Liberation Army and the PLA commander were in search of a trusted and responsible PLA commander for the purpose. Birendra shouldered the responsibility.
During the more than six tumultuous years, he encountered seesaw situation with Nepal Army many times. During such incidents he would provide security to Dahal, putting his own life at risk.
Birendra, a local from Rukum district joined Maoist politics right from the time when top Maoist leaders sowed the seeds of insurgency in the same district during the early 1990s, and is one of the 71 former Maoist combatants recently selected for the NA officer ranks.
Though other commanders secured higher position in the Maoist army as they entered through the party´s political organizations, Birendra became the division vice-commander by serving entirely in the party´s military wing.
His father and eldest sister were killed by security forces and his younger sister was killed during an attack on Achham district headquarter Mangalsen. Rest of his family members -his wife Ishwari Sharma Ghimire served in the health department of PLA but did not settle in cantonment.
Birendra, 44, who is one officer among the three from the Magar community, and also one of the three division vice commander. He is recommended to the post of major in the NA by the Maoists.
“I experienced just opposite situation in villages and city over chairman Dahal´s security,” said Birendra, recalling the past days of the insurgency and peace process with the Dahal in the village and city. In the Rolpa, PLA chief Nand Kishor Pun himself commanded the whole security and he was given key responsibility for Dahal´s security. After entering capital, Birendra was given whole security of Dahal.
“I think, it would not be very difficult and different to fulfill duty of the security of country because I have already gained experience during insurgency and during peace time,” Birendera a.k.a Manjil told Republica by telephone.