Bandh throws life out of gear

DHANGADHI: The bandh called by the Tamsaling Nepal Rastriya Dal, which has been clamouring for autonomous Tamsaling state, threw life out of gear in Dhading, Makawanpur and Chitwan districts today.

The activists went on the rampage vandalising a dozen vehicles, including a jeep belonging to Kantipur daily in Dhadingbesi today morning.

In a bid to diffuse the tension, police fired two rounds in the air. They also rounded up seven demonstrators from Mahadevbesi as they started seizing vehicles belonging to the press and those ferrying tourists. The demonstrators protested the arrests.

Following the demo, educational institutions and market places remained completely shut throughout the day in Dhadingbesi. Vehicles also remained off the road all across the district.

Meanwhile, police arrested two demonstrators at Pashupatinagar of Makawanpur district today for exhibiting unruly behavior.

They were, however, released in the evening.

Vehicles remained off the roads while educational institutions remained shut. But district-level examinations at schools went on unaffected.

However, according to Private And Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal Makawanpur, exams in private educational institutions have been postponed.

Similarly, industries and

market places remained shut in Chitwan while vehicles remained off the road even as a few bandh enforcers were seen in the

area. Police said that vehicular movement had resumed in

the evening.