Maoists bring peak hour traffic to halt

KATHMANDU: Traffic across one of the busiest thoroughfares in the capital came to a standstill today for two hours after the Maoist- aligned Nepal Dalit Liberation Front (NDLF) and Muslim Liberation Front (MLF) took to the streets.

They were demanding among other things, rectification of President's unconstitutional move to reinstate then Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal and reinstatement of 'civilian supremacy'.

The agitators also demanded 'Maoist-led national unity government'.

Ratna Park, Kalanki, Babar Mahal and Koteshwor wore a grim spectacle of protest leaving tens of thousands of vehicles and commuters stranded for hours between their home and workplaces, much to their discomfort.

The gridlock caused huge inconveniences to commuters travelling to and from offices.

According to Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, the strike hit hard the busiest roads in the capital during the peak hours.

The chakkajam was enforced from 10 am to 12 noon.

The organisers said that the protest was part of the third-phase of agitation being waged by sister organisations in support of their parent party the UCPN-M.