60 communist rebels try to topple monarchy surrender in Nepal

About 60 communist rebels have surrendered in western Nepal, renouncing their armed struggle to topple the monarchy, an official said Monday. The rebels walked into the government administration office in Tamgas town and surrendered on Sunday, said Durga Pokhrel, chief administrative officer for Gumli district where Tamgas is located. Tamgas is about 300 kilometers (190 miles) west of the capital Katmandu, and the surrounding area is a known rebel stronghold.

The rebels were unarmed as they were mostly administrative officials in the Maoist-run government who said they had grown tired of the continuing violence, Pokhrel said.

The insurgents run their own administration in areas under their control, including tax collection and a legal system, reports the AP. I.L.

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