'Kailali bandh to be total today'

DHANGADHI: Unified CPN-Maoist has announced that the Kailali bandh, which has been enforced in protest of the Dudejhari incident, will be intensified from tomorrow.

The Maoists’ Kailali district command stated that they would ban the movement of vehicles ferrying mediapersons, human rights activists and staffers of diplomatic missions as well.

The party’s district secretary, Hari Choudhari ‘Utsab’ said, “No vehicles, except ambulances, will be allowed on the streets.” He, further, claimed that more people would be mobilised on Saturday.

The Maoists have been imposing an indefinite district bandh since December 19. Accusing that the ruling parties were apathetic towards the problems of the bonded labourers and landless, Utsab said that their effort to make agreement with the authorities failed so they had no choice but to opt for an intensified stir. An all-party meeting held at District Administration Office, Kailali on Thursday had failed to reach an agreement.

However, authorities claimed that the meeting failed as the Maoists insisted on their demand of providing settlements to the squatters. Maoist district in-charge Hari Gyawali ‘Akhanda’ admitted that the meeting failed as the administration did not agree to provide land to the squatters. Civil society leaders were also present at the meeting.

Three Maoist cadres and a policeman were killed when they clashed in the forest area two weeks ago.

UCPN-M meet on phase IV protests

KATHMANDU : The standing committee meeting held at the Maoist headquarters in Paris Danda on Thursday decided to organise the meeting of its politburo committee on December 27 and the central committee on December 30 to discuss the fourth phase of movement.

According to a standing committee member Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’, said, “The meetings will come up with plans for the fourth phase of movement.”

The fourth phase of movement slated to begin from Thursday will focus on awareness and exposure campaign for national independence. Maoist leader Dhruba Adhikary said they would organise a press conference to make public the field study report prepared by the probe committee on Friday.