Violent cases across country

  • - Taxi torched at Tinkune - Two Sajha buses vandalised - 99 persons rounded up in total
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 10, 2016-

Violence was reported across the country during a banda imposed by the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist on Thursday with many vehicles set on fire and buses and cargo trucks vandalised.

Almost no passenger vehicle plied the city roads throughout the day, giving commuters a hard time.

Banda enforcers torched a taxi at Tinkune and vandalised a microbus at Manamaiju in the Capital. The taxi, Ba 1 Cha 8206, that was set into flames by the banda organisers was destroyed. The banda organisers hurled stones at a Sajha Yatayat bus (Ba 3 Kha 2227) in Tripureshwor, leaving the driver injured. Another Sajha bus (Ba 3 Kha 2226) was vandalised outside the airport gate. Stones were hurled at a passenger bus (Na 5 Kha 7938) in Kalanki.

In Banke, a vehicle (Bhe 1 Ja 546) carrying a patient was pelted with stones, injuring one person. Hemanta Thapa, 17, of Kohalpur was injured.

In Rautahat, a group of four unidentified assailants hurled a Molotov cocktail at a truck along the Chandi Khola-Paurahi road section early on Thursday morning. According to police, the driver and conductor of the truck, Na 6 Kha 4615, sustained serious burn injuries. The conductor, Basanta Magar, 19, received burns in his face and hand, while driver Balram Bhandari, 33, got his hands burnt. Both are receiving care at the Rautahat-based Chandrapur Hospital. Police are yet to arrest suspects.

According to Nepal Police headquarters, 99 persons were nabbed from across the country. Those rounded up in the Capital numbered 34 while six were detained in Lalitpur and three in Bhaktapur.

Kathmandu police chief SSP Bikram Singh Thapa said CPN Maoist trade union Chairman Yogendra Kumal and his office assistant were held as per the driver’s statement. At around 3:40am on Thursday, the assailants 

posing as customers rented a taxi, Ba 1 Jha 8206, from Bijulibazaar before setting it on fire. As complained by the driver, the assailants stopped the taxi at Tinkune and set it on fire. SSP Thapa said investigation into the matter will move once the driver identifies the arrested individuals.

Eight persons were arrested from Kaski, two from Chitwan, five from Siraha, 20 from Sarlahi, four from Nuwakot, one from Darchula, 12 from Kalikot, one from Lamjung and three from Sun-sari. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sitaram Rijal, chief of the Sarlahi District Police, said one was caught with a khukuri.

NHRC concerned

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said its attention was drawn to the general strike. The strike undermined people’s right to move freely and conduct their daily businesses, read a statement issued by NHRC Spokesperson Mohna Ansari.

“The commission calls on the banda enforces to make their protests peaceful. The commission urges the government to arrange for free treatment of the injured,” read the statement.

The constitutional rights body said it came across several incidents of arson and vandalism during the shutdown. The shutdown of educational institutions and industries hit the students and daily wage earners hard. The NHRC urged the government and the agitating side to seek a solution through talks.

Published: 10-06-2016 07:58

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