HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Agitating locals of Sundarighat, Lalitpur, who are protesting the relocation of squatters called off their bandh for tomorrow as the day happens to be Nagpanchami festival.
Talking to this daily, President of Malpokhari Preservation Committee Suryaman Maharjan said they have shortened the closure by one day owing to Nagpanchami tomorrow.
He further said, “However, if the government does not revoke the decision to resettle squatters in Sundarighat within a week, we will wage a decisive movement.”
A team led by Maharjan is scheduled to sit for dialogue with Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai tomorrow to sort out the problem.
The closures on Sunday and Monday were partially violent; half a dozen vehicles were vandalised in different places of Lalitpur yesterday and today. Bandh-enforcers vandalised a micro bus in Dhobighat today morning.
There was a clash between police and Bandh-enforcers and some were arrested and released later in the evening. Police had used tear gas shells during the clash in Dhobighat today.
Local leaders of all the parties except UCPN-Maoist have supported protesters in challenging the government’s plan to resettle squatters in Sundarighat.