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Clashes, violence grip country on strike day, Tuesday

Fuel tankers ferrying petroleum products heading to the Capital during 33-party alliance’s block on motorised transportation on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Security forces are escorting the long and short-route vehicles across the country. Photo: Courtesy to THT online/Ram Sarraf
Fuel tankers ferrying petroleum products heading to the Capital during 33-party alliance’s block on motorised transportation on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Security forces are escorting the long and short-route vehicles across the country. Photo: Courtesy to THT online/Ram Sarraf

KATHMANDU, Nepal- Normal life has been affected badly as the dissentient political forces called for vehicular strike around the clock beginning Tuesday. Both public and private vehicles remained off the street after the arsonists vandalized and set vehicles ablaze since wee hours Tuesday.

The bandh enforcers even attacked and torched vehicles that were parked by the road sides.

The agitating 33-party alliance has called for a nationwide general strike on Monday and transportation strike beginning Tuesday to Nov 20 against the upcoming CA elections.

Vegetables traders and commuters are the ones mostly affected by the bandh. Besides that, the bandh has also hampered regular operation of government and private offices including the business houses. Schools and colleges are also closed.

Meanwhile, a number of incidents of vandalism and arson attack to the vehicles defying strike have been reported. The arsonists have hurled a bomb at a micro bus in Lalitpur and torched a passenger bus with people inside in Chitwan, a western city. Police said similar cases of vandalism, fire, clashes have been reported from across the country.

In the meantime, it has been learnt that various groups have taken out rallies defying the bandh and calling to end bandh forever.

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