KATHMANDU, July 9: Amid growing dissatisfaction among former combatants over the ongoing integration process, all the top commanders of the third division at Shaktikhor, Chitwan have left the cantonments stating that they had failed to address the frustrations of the combatants.
While division commander Dhan Bahadur Maski Magar left the cantonment last night, brigade commanders Pradeep Balachan, Govinda Bahadur Batala, Ram Ji Thapa and another brigade commander identified by his first name Sabin left the cantonment on Sunday morning, according to sources at the cantonment.
With their top commanders leaving the cantonment, former ex-combatants have been left in the lurch.
"All top commanders have left the cantonment. Other members are also leaving," said a former combatant, expressing frustrations over their uncertain future.
The integration process has been stalled after the former combatants expressed dissatisfaction over their selection for recruitment in the Nepal Army. They have claimed that the integration process is not being carried out in a respectable manner.
"There is no sentry from our side," the former combatant told Republica about the situation in the cantonment after the commanders left the cantonment.
Another former combatant from the cantonment said, "I do not know whether they will provide us food."