Tharuhat bandh cripples life in Tarai on Day IX

NAWALPARASI: Life in Tarai districts was adversely affected on Thursday as well due to indefinite bandh called by Tharuhat Joint Struggle Committee.

Police detained eight agitators in Nawalparasi on Thursday and escorted stranded vehicles to their destination. Agitating Tharus padlocked Sukrouli, Hakui, Amraut, Banhariya and Shwathi VDC offices in the district.

Bandh enforcers torched the offices of Dhikpur, Hapur and Saudiyar VDCs in Dang district last night. They also torched the office of Baijapur VDC in Banke district on the same night.

Tharuhat supporters gheraoed Baijapur, Bankatti, Gavanpurwa police posts demanding the release of five of their cadres, threatening to vacate the Gavanpurwa police post. In Rautahat, the police charged the agitators with lathis and held 12 of them for defying the curfew last night. According to Rautahat chairman of TJSC Adhiklal Chaudhari, about a dozen cadres were injured in the police action.

Bara administration issued a prohibitory order on the highway areas. According to CDO Kailashnath Kharel, they were compelled to issue the order to transport petroleum products. Security personnel have been deployed in large numbers to escort the stranded vehicles.

Meanwhile, Sunsari administration continued with its order, while police escorted stranded vehicles to their destinations.

In Dhangadhi, the agitators took out a rally from Campus Chowk and went as far as Chauraha before converging into a meet.

Agitators hurled stones at the District Development Office for defying the bandh.

A motorcycle was vandalised at traffic chowk in Chauraha. One demonstrator was injured in a clash with the police on Campus Road.