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Strike hits normal life

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

3Normal life in major parts of the country came to a standstill due to a strike called by UCPN (Maoist) led 30 party alliance on Tuesday.

Everyday life took a hard hit and travelling passengers faced a difficult time getting to their destinations, as shops stayed closed and vehicles stayed off the roads from 5am to 5pm on the first day of the three day strike called by the 30 party alliance.

The 30 party alliance had called the strike to pressure the government to promulgate a constitution through consensus.

The representatives of federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) met with UCPN (M) president Pushpa Kamal Dahal to urge him to cut the strike short, saying the strikes would negatively affect the economy in the long term.

Following the end of the strike on the first day, the 30 party alliance are holding a meeting to discuss how to proceed with the program, and whether or not to call off the strike for the remaining days.

The capital remained tensed from early morning today as protestors torched a taxi belonging to Niraj Baniya near Koteshwor. He was coming back after dropping his relatives off at Tribhuvan International Airport, when two protestors posing as passengers poured kerosene on the taxi and set it on fire. The protestors also vandalised a vehicle carrying vegetables in Buddhanagar.

According to Narayan Singh Khadka, spokesperson of Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s office, eighteen people have been arrested for trying to enforce the strike.

Things turned ugly at Bijulibazaar this afternoon as police fired tear gas at protestors who pelted stones at a police van. Police have also arrested Maoist leaders Himal Sharma, Renu Dahal and Surendra Basnet following the attacks. Protestors as well as police personnel were injured during the clash. Another taxi has also been damaged and a motorcycle has been torched in the same area.

In Jhapa, police have arrested five protestors who vandalised two government offices. According to the police the land revenue office at Damak and municipality office at Mechinagar have been vandalised. Police arrested four protestors from Damak and one from Mechinagar.

In Mahottari, the strike enforcers attacked a bus. The passenger bus en route from Samsi was damaged at Jaleshwor. Likewise, protestors in Biratnagar threw stones at a tanker belonging to Nepal Oil Corporation, and in Mahendranagar a government motorcycle was torched in Traffic Chok

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