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Protesters hold torch rally in Kathmandu

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Members of the Mohan Baidhya faction of the United Communist Party of Nepal hold torches during a rally to protest against a handover of keys to arms containers by Nepal's Maoist former rebels in Kathmandu on Friday, Sept. 2. The former rebels have handed control of a cache of more than 3,000 weapons to a multi-party committee overseeing the country's peace process, officials said on Friday. Weapons used by the Maoists during their decade-long rebellion that ended in 2006 are kept in metal containers in seven camps across the tiny Himalayan state. Some hard-liners within the Maoist group have opposed the handover of the weapons saying they were not consulted.

Narendra Shrestha / EPA

Nepalese Maoist stage a torch protest rally against the decision to hand over the keys of the arms container in Kathmandu on Friday. A group of Maoist Party hardliners lead by senior vice chairman Mohan Baidhay panel staged a torch rally against the handing over of their weapons to a multi party committee that oversees the peace process. Nepal’s Major political parties and International community have welcomed the decision of Maoist’s Party to the hand over of the weapons as a mark of a major step towards completing Nepal's five-year-old peace process but Baidhay panel protest its step saying 'suicidal' and against the party policy.

Narendra Shrestha / EPA

Nepalese Maoist activists hold unburned torch sticks before a torch protest rally against the decision to hand over the keys of the arms container in Kathmandu on Friday.

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