Bandh cripples life in Tarai

Bara, June 4:

Normal life in most of the Tarai districts was thrown out of gear today, the first day of the three-day bandh called by the Madhesi Tigers.

The bandh was called to protest the killing of an MT cadre in Siraha district.

Academic institutions, factories and bazaars remained shut, while vehicles stayed off the roads in the district headquarters and adjoining areas of Bara. Only a few vehicles plied on the Kalaiya-Birgunj road section, leaving passengers stranded.

In Siraha district, Lahan, Golbazaar and Siraha bazaar remained shut. Academic institutions, business centres and industries remained closed, while vehicles stayed off the roads. However, ambulances, tourist vehicles and those belonging to the press plied as usual.

No vehicle plied in Rajbiraj. While only pharmacies carried out normal business, academic institutions and other shops remained closed.

The bandh also affected life in Hanuman Nagar and Bhardaha, among other areas of Saptari district.

In Rautahat, some shops opened in Gaur, the district headquarters, while vehicles stayed off the roads. However, most of the shops and schools were open in other parts of the district.

No untoward incident was reported during the bandh, police said.

The bandh also affected life in Mahottari,Dhanusha and Sunsari, among other districts in the region.

Examinees hit

Gaighat: BEd third year examinees in Siraha and Saptari districts were not able to sit for their examination due to the bandh. As the examinees were unaware of the bandh th-ey reached the Siraha bus park only to find no vehicles there. — HNS