Cops thwart protest rally

KATHMANDU: The police today thwarted a massive protest rally that was being staged by cooking gas-run tempo entrepreneurs in the capital. The protesters had planned to take out

a rally from Koteshwor, Tinkune to Babarmahal as part of their

second phase of protest programme.

The entrepreneurs have been on agitation against the government decision to phase

out gas-run tempos from the valley.

The police personnel intervened into the rally at Tinkune and took hold of around 450 tempos. A brief scuffle between the agitators and police also ensued.

The security personnel arrested at least eight agitators, including the Ram Kumar Blon, coordinator of ad-hoc struggle committee, who is also the president of Self-employed Transport Entrepreneurs’ Association. However, he was released shortly.

The vehicular

movement along the Tinkune-Baneshwor section came to a complete halt for about

two hours.

Although they could not be allowed to go towards Babarnmahal along with their

vehicles, the entrepreneurs marched

towards Babarmahal and protested in front of the Department of Roads (DoR) by drumming plates.

They also staged sit-in before DoR for two hours. Talking to this daily, Blon said that the government was conspicuously silent towards meeting their demands although they launched the agitation.

“If the government fails to provide compensation for their tempos before phasing them out, we will organise valley bandh on October 26,” he warned.

Supreme Federation of Nepal National Transport Entrepreneur has been organising various protest programmes against the government decision of phasing out their vehicles. They are demanding their job security and proper compensation.

A meeting convened by the Ministry of Transport on September 9 had decided to impose a ban on LPG-run three-wheelers in the valley.