ANTUF bandh shuts down industries

ITAHARI: The workers aligned to the UCPN-Maoist today shut all the industries and factories across the country denying the request of the Federation of Nepal Chamber of Commerce and industries to call the bandh off.

The All Nepal Trade Union Federation had called the one-day bandh to protest the murder of a leader of their organisation Ram Ayodhi Yadav in Siraha on March 26.

The agitating workers vandalised Rijal Tashi Industry located at Itahari-5 for allegedly defying the bandh today. Property worth Rs. 500,000 was destroyed and three workers have been injured in the incident.

The injured Muna Karki, Rama Koirala and Yogata Pokharel have returned home after primary treatment.

According to a eye witness Khagdamaya Koirala, a group of bandh enforcers, who entered the factory saying that they had something to talk with the management, vandalised the factory all of sudden.

Meanwhile, administrative officer of the factory KN Parajuli said 90 percent of the workers were female in the production room, where the workers had attacked.

He said that the agitating workers vandalised the office despite the management said that they were unaware of the bandh programme and would shut the factory within an hour.

Meanwhile, Kochila coordinator of the All Nepal Trade Union Federation Bhanu Mainali said that the factory staffers had attacked his cadres when they reached the factory.

He also claimed that the factory staffers had seized two motorcycles used by his cadres. He added,’’ The factory tried to defy our bandh.’’ He has also warned of an agitation if the police did not release their cadre.

All the industries in Sunsari-Morang industrial corridor, Bara, Parsa, Butwal, Dhangadi, Hetauda including other areas remained shut due to the bandh.

Meanwhile, the worker union also called a transportation strike from 12 noon to 3 pm across the country today.