Bandh throws life out of gear in Rautahat, Bara, Sarlahi

RAUTAHAT: A two-day bandh called by the Joint Democratic Madhesi Morcha along with nine political parties has adversely affected daily public life in Rautahat, Bara and Sarlahi districts on Sunday.

The party has called the bandh to protest a deal reached among the major political forces—Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF)—regarding citizenship, naming and delineating the provinces in the new constitution.

The first day of the bandh has badly affected normal life in three districts of Tarai.

Cadres of the Morcha have been staging demonstration since this morning by burning tyres in district headquarters Gaur, Garunda, Shivanagar, Piprabhalohiya, Sukdev Chowk, Malahi Samanpur and Katahariya among other places.

Government and private schools, markets, factories have remained closed in the districts owing to the strike.

Vehicles plying short and long routes have stayed off the roads.

Similarly, the cadres of the Morcha have staged demonstration by burning tyres at Bharat Chowk of Kailali.

The cadres have also staged demonstration at Simrawangadh Bazaar demanding to incorporate their rights in the new constitution.

Likewise, the Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist has also staged demonstration in Simara by obstructing roads.

According to SP Lokendra Malla of Bara, security  has been beefed up in various parts of the district to avert untoward incidents.

The bandh, however, has no effect in Malanguwa, the district headquarters of Sarlahi.