View Full Version : Maoists collect ‘tourism tax’

5th October 2007, 09:19 PM
MYAGDI, Oct 5 - Maoist cadres have resumed collecting 'tourism tax' from tourists on mountaineering expeditions to Dhaulagiri peak and others visiting upper Dolpa, at Darbang bazaar in the district.
Area police post Darbang said that cadres of the Young Communist League (YCL) forcibly collected 15 US dollars from each tourist with a receipt from Magarat Mukti Morcha. According to locals, the Maoists collected the tax citing they were going to maintain the route to Dhaulagiri base camp at Naur cliff.

During the Maoists' armed rebellion, Maoists had extorted money from foreign tourists.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Ramkripal Shah at the district police office said that they had already asked the Maoists not to collect the tax. "I have informed Maoist district in-charge Govinda Poudel over the matter," said Shah, adding, "And informed that we will stop such tax collection."

The number of tourists in the region has been increasing significantly this year.
Rishi Pd Nepal