Shutdown affects public

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jul 26, 2016-

The nationwide shutdown enforced by the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist affected life in Kathmandu and other parts of the country on Monday.

Fewer public vehicles operated on the road, giving commuters a hard time while all the schools remained shut.

Some cases of arson were reported even as security was beefed up in the Valley.

According to Superintendent of Police Sarad Chand of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office, Ranipokhari, a total of 117 protesters were rounded up from several parts of the Valley.

Two taxis, in Gongabu and New Baneshwor, were torched by the banda enforcers. Police said they held two suspects.

The strike also affected life outside the Valley. In Chitwan, a truck laden with medicines was torched by an unknown gang. Deputy Superintendent of Police Jayaram Sapkota said the truck (Na 5 Kha 7432) was torched at around 1:15am at Niponi in Chitwan.

Meanwhile, party cadres set fire to a truck in Tanahun for defying the banda. The vehicle carrying cement from Bhairahawa was torched at Andheri Khola along the Prithvi Highway in Bandipur at 5:30am.

Police arrested six cadres while enforcing the strike in Damauli.

Published: 26-07-2016 08:47

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