Teachers’ body calls bandh

Kathmandu, July 12:

The central committee of the Tribhuvan University Part Time Teachers’ Association (TUPTTA) has called a Kathmandu valley bandh tomorrow to protest the murder of lecturer Dharma Raj Bista on Tuesday.

Condemning the murder, a meeting organised by the association today also declared an indefinite shutdown of educational activities nationwide to be lifted only after the guilty is brought to book.

At a press conference here, members of the association also demanded the government declare Bista a martyr and provide Rs 1.5 million as compensation to his family. They also demanded the government provide employment for his wife and free education to his children.

President of TUPTTA Nanda Kishore Singh demanded the government provide security to part-time teachers, students and other staffers.

“Similar incident may happen again and, as such, the government should guarantee security for the teachers as well as the students,” he said.

He also threatened to call a nationwide bandh if their demands are not met.

Bista was beaten to death at Bojepokhari, Imadol-2 in Lalitpur by three unidentified persons. Thirty-five-year-old Bista, was a lecturer at Nepal Commerce Campus, Everest College and Pioneer College.

He is survived by his wife and a three-year-old daughter. Protest programmes organised by student unions and the teachers’ association brought traffic in the city to a standstill for four hours from eight in the morning today.

Some students again tried to block traffic after it resumed, alleging that security personnel manhandled the protesting students.