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Okhaldhunga choking under embargo

Himalayan News Service

KHOTANG: The blockade of the Okhaldhunga district headquarters, imposed by the UCPN-Maoist to protest the May 8 attack on its cadres, has paralysed life in Okhaldhunga district.

Maoist cadres have barred vehicles from entering and leaving the district headquarters by felling trees.

The district headquarters is facing a shortage of goods and commodities due to obstruction in vehicular movement, said a local.

According to journalist Shiva Prasad Dhungana, the Maoists have felled trees at several places, blocking Okhaldhunga-Rampur, Rumjatar, Nishankhe and Ravuwa roads.

Maoist district in-charge and Constituent Assembly member Keshav Rai said the embargo would continue unless the assailants-some Youth Force activists and locals—were punished and treatment provided to injured cadres. Eleven Maoist cadres were injured in the May 8 attack.

A large number of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force personnel have been deployed to avert possible clashes.

Meanwhile, an unidentified gang attacked and injured Bhim Bahadur Thapa, vice chairman of CPN UML’s Bhadaure VDC chapter, and health worker Kul Bahadur Bhujel this morning. The two are undergoing treatment at the Sobru-based Okhaldhunga Community Hospital, the police said.

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