Double bandh brings life to standstill in Capital

Normal life in the Capital has been crippled due to a double bandh enforced by 30-party alliance led by UCPN-Maoist and Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist on Tuesday.

The 30-party alliance called the bandh to exert pressure on the ruling parties to draft a new constitution through consensus.

Likewise, the Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist enforced bandh demanding an all-party political conference to promulgate the constitution.

Short and long route vehicles stayed off the roads. Vehicles belonging to hospital, press and other emergency services have however been allowed to run without any obstruction.

Academic institutions, market areas, factories, industries and some offices stayed shut due to fear of violence.

Bandh enforcers gathered in almost all major chowks of the city to make the strike successful.

Personnel from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force have been deployed at main hubs in the capital to foil the strike since early morning.

Police have arrested a dozen of bandh enforcers from various parts of the Capital.

It has been learnt that no untoward incident has been reported so far during the bandh in the capital.

Locals retaliate against bandh

Locals in different parts of the Capital have retaliated against the bandh called by 30-party alliance led by UCPN-Maoist and Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist on Tuesday.

A clash erupted between locals and bandh enforcers in Kupondole. It has been learnt some bandh enforcers were injured in the clash.

Security personnel resorted to baton charge to take the situation under control.

48 bandh enforcers held

Police have arrested 48 bandh enforcers from different places of the Kathmandu Valley till now, said police spokesperson Madhav Prasad Joshi.

The UCPN (Maoist)-led 30-party alliance has called a nationwide bandh today on Tuesday.

Similarly, SSP Uttam Karki informed that the security has been managed for the vehicles coming to the valley and leaving for destinations outside the valley.

Meanwhile, the bandh enforcers vandalised two Sajha buses (Ba 3 Kha 2215) and Ba 3 Kha 2226). Five Sajha buses are currently operated in the valley. RSS

Source: THT