Assault sparks traffic blockade in Dhadingbesi

Dhading, September 16 :

Enraged at the assault on a bus driver, transport workers in Dhading have called an indefinite traffic strike at Dhadingbesi. The workers halted traffic today.

Some persons, including a microbus (Ba 1 Ja 8964) driver Hari Bahadur Shrestha beat up bus driver Khadga Bahadur Pandey said Thakur Bhattarai, chairman of the Dhading Transport Workers’ Union. The seriously injured bus driver has been taken to Kathmandu for treatment. Following the assault, irate transport workers halted traffic, Bhattarai said, adding that talks between the transport workers, microbus drivers and bus entrepreneurs ended inconclusively.

People of Siraha district brought traffic to a halt on the Mahendra Highway today, reports said. Locals of Bagaha of Kajenha VDC along the highway blocked traffic for six hours after a pedestrian, Matar Mahato, was killed when a truck ran over him, police said.

Locals alleged that Mahato had sustained a minor injury, but the truck driver reversed his vehicle and deliberately ran over Mahato again, killing him.

Traffic resumed after police gave a written assurance to provide Rs 1.5 lakh in compensation to the family of the victim.

Meanwhile, locals disrupted traffic on the section of the highway lying in Dhangadhi VDC of the district after a row erupted as Karna Shrestha, a native of Dhangadhi-2, beat his wife.

Locals accused Maoist cadres of intervening in Shrestha’s family dispute and beating him up. Although traffic after Shrestha agreed to abide by the Maoists’ directive, the Dhangadhi bazaar has been shut.

Angry locals said the bazaar closure would continue until action was taken against the guilty.

Traffic on the Damauli-Dulegaunda section of the Prithvi highway, which was brought to a halt for six hours today after a mini-truck bound for Pokhara from Damauli crushed a bus helper, Amrit Subba, to death at Turture, Tanahun, resumed after the truck-owner agreed to provide Rs 1.1 lakh to Subba’s family, said CDO of Tanahun, Kashi Nath Marasini. Demanding that the family of the victim be compensated, locals and bus staffers had blocked the highway section.