Biratmagar, February 15:

The Morang District Administration, which faced the bitter criticisms for not preventing the frequent bandhs for past 10 days, has decided to use force against strike organisers.

The local administration made the decision today to quell bandhs called by the different political parties and their sister organisations that hit the normal life of Biratnagar hard.

It directed the concerned parties to inform the DAO prior to 48 hours for organising the bandhs and warned of taking severe actions against vandalising vehicles.

The local administration prohibits bandhs in Biratnagar after the transport entrepreneurs stranded 100 vehicles in front of the District Administration Office to put pressure for banning bandh.

The DAO announced via mikes that Biratnagar was bandh free zone this evening. Morang Chief District Officer Shashishekhar Shrestha said that Biratnagar has been declared a bandh free zone and forces would be used to take action against those who try to organise the bandh.

Ten persons were arrested today and taken to Dharan for talks. The transport vehicles and Biratnagar bazaar came to operation from Sunday afternoon after they were arrested.

Morang DSP Bidhyananda Majhi said that the police would arrest those defying order. Meanwhile, Siyaram Chaudhary, district president of MJF, said the indefinite bandh was withdrawn for the talks following the pressure of the people.