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(English) Bandh throws valley life out of gear

People walking along the road during bandh
Streets wear deserted look due to bandh, Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Nepal–Life across the capital Kathmandu has been affected due to the strike called by various agitating student unions, Wednesday.

Few vehicles are plying on the road due to the bandh called by 15 student unions demanding the government to withdraw the recent price hike of petroleum products. Educational institutes, industries and shops have also remained shut following bandh. People are forced to stay at home or walk to their destinations as private as well as public vehicles have remained off the road.

Banda enforcers have set blaze a few vehicles and vandalized a micro bus defying bandh early in the morning.

Police has detained four dozen bandh organizers, including All Nepal National Independent Student’s Union-Revolutionary Chairman Himal Sharma, from Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.

The arrestees were forcefully enforcing bandh at different places in the Capital. Though the police assured it will leave no stone unturned to foil the bandh, no vehicles are seen plying on the road due to fear.

Security personnel are deployed at every junction in the valley to prevent any untoward incident. The organisers will call off the general strike after 5 pm.

Hundreds of passengers planning to travel other district from the capital are stranded due to the strike.


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