Rastriya Samachar Samiti

Bhojpur, May 9:

Trade and business activities has tumbled by 75 per cent in Bhojpur, as life in the district has been hit by the Maoist attack on March 2 hard. There is nothing to do other than to wait for the customers all day as the movement of people from the villages has been reduced sharply due to fear, say local businessmen. Business can only take momentum, if peace prevails in the country, said Tej Moktan, president of the Bhojpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), adding that March 2 incident brought the trade to nil and import has also been reduced as well. Bhojpur Bazar is deserted all day long. Businessmen of the headquarters have left their professions leaving behind their ancestral occupation because of the fear of another attack in the headquarters, says Harka B K, a local entrepreneur who runs a Khukuri Industry.

Almost all the businessmen have left their places closing down their shops. Customers have stopped visiting the shops, said another businessman Dhruba Shrestha. Very few customers come to buy clothes and other small household items. “Only goods worth Rs 1,000 are sold in a day as against Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 earlier. Hotels have also been affected severely,” said hoteliers.