Friday sees bandh in 8 districts

KAPILVASTU: Political parties and other interest groups enforced bandhs in eight parts of the country today.

In Bagmati zone, transport entrepreneurs went on a strike while Bhaktapur was shut by the kin of Jeevan Gaha Magar, Sabin Mahat Chhetri and Basanta Lama — the youths lynched in Chapacho on July 7. Vehicles stayed off roads while education institutions and industries remained shut.

Backward society activists enforced a Tarai bandh while Nepali Congress-affiliated Tarun Dal shut Nepalgunj of Banke. Security personnel, who deserted their service during the insurgency, called yet another bandh in places like Dhangadi and Saptari.

Kapilvastu suffered an indefinite bandh imposed by Tarai Madhes Democratic Party. The party was demanding budget for Taulihawa-Khunuwa road section. Marketplaces remained shut in district headquarters Taulihawa

and vehicles were grounded. Local Ramdas Gupta said they were compelled to act tough since the government had neglected the maintenance of the road.

Meanwhile, vehicular movement was brought to a standstill

in Rasuwa and Nuwakot

districts. Transport entrepreneurs went on a chakkajam along the Pasanglhamu Highway to protest vandalism on a micro-bus in Kathmandu on Monday.

Life was affected in Kailali due to similar bandh called by Federation of Backward Society and ex-security personnel. Though marketplaces remained open in Dhangadi, factories and education institutions were shut. Few vehicles plied on the East-West Highway while police escorted a few others to their destination. The Federation said the government had not implemented a four-point agreement reached a month ago.