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Nepal rebels set fire to Sanskrit university

Nepal rebels set fire to Sanskrit university

Publication: The Hindustan Times
Date: May 13, 2002

Some 500 Maoist rebels stormed a Sanskrit university in west Nepal, set the building on fire and destroyed office records, an official said on Monday.

District officer Mathur Prasad Yadav told Reuters that the guerrillas snapped telephone lines and overpowered the night guard of the Mahendra Sanskrit University in Dang in west Nepal late on Saturday before setting the building ablaze.

"No one was injured in the incident," Yadav said, adding that several office rooms had been destroyed.

The rebels, who are fighting to topple the constitutional monarchy in Nepal, oppose the teaching in schools of Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language.

Nepal mobilised its troops against the guerrillas last November after the rebels walked out of peace talks and attacked police posts and government installations.

Hundreds of rebels have died in the past two weeks as the army stepped up its offensives. (Reuters)

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