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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 16:17 GMT
Nepal anti-rebel leader shot dead
Anti-Maoist demonstration in Kathmandu, 13 Feb 2004
Anti-Maoists had burned rebel leaders in effigy two days earlier
The head of an anti-Maoist organisation in Nepal has been shot dead two days after leading an anti-rebel march.

Ganesh Chilwal, head of the Maoist Victims' Association, was shot in his Kathmandu office by two men.

He had led the anti-Maoist rally on the ninth anniversary of the Communist uprising - at which effigies of two top rebel leaders were burned.

Almost 9,000 people have died since the uprising began. The rebels want the country to become a Maoist republic.

Nepal is witnessing a power struggle between the Maoists, the parliamentary political parties and the king.

The parliamentary parties accuse the king of trying to derail the democratic process that was restored in the country 14 years ago.

Peace talks between the Maoists and the royal-appointed government broke down in August last year.

Since then more than 1,000 people have lost their lives.

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