HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
POKHARA: Life across the country was thrown out of gear on Sunday due to bandh called by the Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, Indigenous People Joint Struggle Committee and Muslim Coalition.
Market places, education institutions, industries remained shut while vehicles remained off the road during the day. Bandh enforcers clashed with police at Prithivi Chowk in Pokhara. Three people were injured in the incident while some police personnel also sustained minor injuries.
The clash started after bandh enforcers started pelting stones at the board written Akhanda Nepal Paschhimanchal at Prithivi Chowk. Police fired nine shells of tear gas to disperse the mob.
Meanwhile, bandh enforcers vandalised an ambulance and a tourist bus at Prithivi Chowk and Amarsingh chowk respectively. Police took two persons under control for vandalising the ambulance.
Similarly, bandh enforcers vandalised Anish Hotel and KV Stores at Dam site. Police took the perpetrator under control for some time and released him later. The bandh enforcers also pelted stones at the Nepal Bank office.
A report from Tanahun says that bandh affected normal life in the district today.
Similarly life in Palpa, Syanja, Gorkha, Lamjung, Kavre including other districts was affected due to bandh today.
Likewise, life in Bara has been hit due to the dual and triple bandh called by the Muslim Coalition, Brihat Madheshi Morcha including others.
Vehicles remained off the road along Kalaiya-Birgunj, Pathalaiya-Birgunj, Pathalaiya-Nijgadh road sections. Tension erupted between the bandh enforcers and locals at Birendranagar in Chitwan. Police fired three rounds of tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.
Life in Rautahat district also affected due to the bandh called by the Muslim Struggle Coalition and Brihat Madhesi Morcha today. No vehicles plied from and to district headquarters.
Strikers obstructed Gaur-Chandranigahapur and Gaur-Gangapipara road section by burning tyres and parking tractors on the roads. However, bandh enforcers allowed vehicles of press, ambulance, police and carrying marriage procession to ply.
Three motorcycles, a tanker and a van were torched for defying bandh at Basa and Tulasinagar of Nawalparasi district, police said.