Govt vehicles set on fire

Kathmandu, May 16:

Demonstrators today set four government vehicles on fire at Bagmati river bridge and vandalised two vehicles at Maitighar. The protestors also set the Tripureswor police beat on fire.

The demonstrators were protesting against Sher Bahadur Deuba, former prime minister and president of Nepali Congress-Democratic (NC-D), who was reported to have disagreed with the alliance leaders to take away supreme commandership of the Royal Nepalese Army from the King. Protestors vandalised the police beat at Tripureshwor, brought it to the road and set it on fire, police said.

Police said that two Tata vans belonging to corporations and two vehicles belonging to government offices were set on fire at Bishnumati bridge this afternoon.

“The vans are learnt to be of Nepal Telecommunication but it is not confirmed,” a police official at the Kathmandu District Police Office said, adding that no office has reported us about it.

“The plate number are blown up and no government offices or corporation have reported to us until now. Therefore, we can’t confirm whose vehicles were torched,” he said.

The police official also said that two private vehicles were vandalised at Maitighar. “As nobody has informed us, we are clueless whose vehicles were damaged,” he added.

Demonstrators were taking to streets till the evening at Dillibazaar, Kalimati and Kalanki. They are demanding that Deuba be punished. Tyres were burnt and traffic was halted in the area.