Madhesi Tigers calls off bandh

Rajbiraj, December 19:

The Madhesi Mukti Tigers (MMT) has called off its three-day bandh it had imposed in different Tarai districts since yesterday.

The MMT called off the bandh on the second day, keeping in view with the Muslims’ festival Id Ul Ajaha. A press release issued by central spokesperson for the MMT Pratap said the bandh was called off to respect the Muslims’ sentiments. It condemned what it called the physical and mental torture inflicted by government forces on its cadres.

On the second day of the bandh today, life in various Tarai districts was partially

affected. Passenger buses on short and long routes did not ply, but motorcycles were freely plying on the roads. Shops and schools in Mahottari’s headquarters Jaleshwor, Matihani and Pipara were opened.

Transport services, educational institutions and business activities were closed in Siraha. Dhanusa and Sarlahi were also affected by the bandh. Most of the shops and educational institutions remained closed in Kalaiya of Bara. Rural areas of Bara were also affected by the bandh.

Likewise, schools and transport services remained closed in Parsa, except in district headquarters Birgunj. Long-route vehicles from Parsa did not ply while tempos were seen plying on Kalaiya-Birgunj section of the road. Most of the industries in Birgunj-Pathlaiya industrial corridor also remained closed.

A report from Itahari said police arrested police nabbed two MMT cadres Indra Dev Yadav and Binay Yadav of Narsingh-6 in Sunsari today. They were arrested acting on the information supplied by other MMT cadres who were arrested in Biratnagar a week ago, a security source said.