HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Most schools based in the Kathmandu valley remained closed today as the CPN-UML-affiliated All Nepal National Free Students’ Union (ANNFSU) announced an educational strike against police intervention in its torch rally yesterday.
Baburam Pokharel, president of the Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal (PABSON), said today that the strike call led to partial closure of valley-based schools. He said PABSON could not officiate a missing to discuss the strike call as it did not receive information about the student’ body’s strike plan on time.
According to ANNFSU general secretary Kishor Bikram Malla, the student body had no option but to opt for an educational strike as police interfered in its peaceful torch rally yesterday, leaving around 28 students, including ANNFSU secretary Rachana Khadka and central committee members Sunita Baral and Ain Mahar, injured in clashes.
Yesterday’s ANNFSU torch rally in the Capital was meant to press for the release of student leaders, who were arrested some two weeks ago after a clash at the Pashupati Campus in Chabahil.
Meanwhile, various campus units of the ANNFSU today imposed hourlong chakkajam before campus premises this morning demanding the release of ANNFSU secretariat member Bijaya Budha, who was arrested in course of scuffle with cadres of the Nepali Congress-aligned Nepal Students’ Union at the Pashupati Campus on April 20.
They have threatened to launch a stringent protest if the government does not set their friends free.