Kathmandu: The Nepal Bandh called by the Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplava’ has affected the entire country. The Biplab-led CPN (Maoist) has called for a strike in protest of the rise in prices of petroleum products.
The Nepal Bandh has had a partial effect in the Kathmandu Valley. Due to the bandh, public transport has been running less in the Kathmandu Valley. Police are trying to provide security at various intersections. The number of passengers is increasing in Balaju, New Bus Park, Koteshwor, Balkhu-Chabahil and other areas and the means of transportation are running less, according to the police.
Long-distance vehicles leaving Kathmandu have not run. Long-distance operators intend to operate from noon onwards, given the impact of the shutdown and the presence of protesters. Some schools in the valley have given leave for today.
Private vehicles, on the other hand, operate in greater numbers than public transport. Police have taken under control some persons who were obstructing the operation of vehicles. According to police, five persons have been arrested from Sankhu, Maharajgunj and other areas.
Similarly, people’s lives in Rupandehi, Dang, Banke, Palpa, Gulmi, Arghakhanchi, Nawalparasi, Kapilvastu and other districts of Lumbini have been affected due to the bandh. Long-distance and short-distance vehicles have not been able to operate due to the bandh, while markets, industries, factories and educational institutions have come to a standstill. In some parts of the city, shops are open.
Eleven CPN (Maoist) cadres have been arrested from Damauli for protesting in Tanahu. Police have arrested 11 members of the party near Biplav who have been working on the streets to close Nepal since Tuesday morning.
District Secretary Atom, Beas Nagar in-charge Om Pant, Labor District Chairman Himal Khadka, Akhil Krantikari District Secretary Shiva Sadashankar and others were arrested from the traffic intersection, said Purnajit Pun, district in-charge of the party.
The bandh has also affected Pokhara. Police have tightened security since this morning. Police have arrested eight people, including CPN-Kaski member Kazi Gurung and Akhil (Revolutionary) Prithvinarayan Campus Committee Vice-Chairman Yubaraj.
Kaski DSP Sundar Tiwari said that the arrested persons were being interrogated. CPN (Maoist) cadres have protested by burning tires in various chowks and roads of Paekhara. The bandh has been in effect in Pokhara since morning. Public transport has come to a standstill and private vehicles have also crashed. The market is closed. Excess freight vehicles are running.