Youth Force (Nepal)

Country: Nepal
Details of Formation: The start date of 18 August 2008 corresponds with the election of a Maoist Prime Minister, backed by the Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) (election date taken from Archigos). The Youth Force is closely linked to the CPN (UML) party.
Details of Termination: Due to a change in prime minister the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) is not in government anymore after 29 August 2011.
Purpose: The group was established to counter the Maoist Young Communist League (YCL) and assisted in maintaining public security.
Organisation: The PGM was affiliated with the CPN-UML as its youth organisation. Mahesh Banset is reported as president of the group by one news source.
Weapons and Training: Other than one source describing the group as semi-armed there is no information on training and weapons.
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Treatment of Civilians: The group did not adhere to laws and was accused of murder, kidnapping and assault (for instance targeting media personnel and students). Clashes with the YCL interfered with the peace process and undermined security in Nepal. The CNP-UML stated that the group was effective at counteracting the YCL to some extent.
Other Information: The Youth Force is linked to the CPN(UML) party, which in 2008 was in a government coalition with the Maoist party, which has its own PGM, the Young Communist League. Even though both parties collaborate in government, their youth organizations fought each other despite calls for peace from their parties.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.