NSU activists torch microbus

KATHMANDU: Jamal and its adjoining areas in the Valley remained tense this afternoon after the students affiliated to Nepal Students Union (NSU) -- the student wing of Nepali Congress -- torched a passenger microbus in front of Bishwo Jyoti Cinema Hall.

The vehicle fell prey to the protesting NSU activists of Tri-Chandra College, who were trying to enforce a chakkajam demanding an immediate arrest of those involved in an attack on one of their colleagues at White House College in New Baneshwor on Monday evening.

According to police, a gang of some unidentified persons had attacked Birendra Giri, an NSU cadre, with khukuris while he was heading towards New Baneshwor from the college.

While the protest was going on today, riot police personnel intervened after iron rod-wielding NSU cadres from the Tri-Chandra College disrupted vehicular movement by burning tyres at main junction in Jamal.

The microbus was partially damaged in the arson. Before setting the vehicle afire, the NSU students ordered the passengers to get down.

According to Tul Bahadur Kari, Inspector at Metropolitan Police Sector, Bishal Bazaar, it took nearly an hour for the police to disperse the demonstrators and to take the situation under control. He also added that 10 NSU activists were detained for investigation in connection with the incident.

In the wake of the incident,

microbus entrepreneurs converged hundred of micro buses in front of Singha Durbar and disrupted

the traffic for a few hours. Proper compensation for the damaged vehicle, action against the guilty involved in the arson and professional security were the demands they put forward.