Traffic halted for third day

Himalayan News Service

Jhapa, July 17

Vehicular movement in Jhapa district was crippled for the third consecutive dayon Friday due to the indefinite transport strike called by the transport workers. Transport Workers’ Union had called the strike from July 15 demanding compensation to the kin of driver Deepak Pandey who was murdered three months ago.

Pandey, a resident of Garamani, was hacked to death at Morang’s Bhaunne by a gang who had reserved his van from Birtamod. The gang absconded following the incident.

The union and relatives of Pandey announced the indefinite strike claiming that the local administration had failed to implement the agreements reached between the two parties. The local administration had vowed to provide Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the kin of the victim and arrest the guilty within three months.

Talks held between the agitators and the local administration yesterday ended inconclusively, CDO Narendra Dahal said.

Santosh Dhamala, a resident of Dangihat in Morang and Dipak Shah of Gaurigunj-6 in Jhapa were held on the charge of their involvement in vandalising two vehicles in Jhapa yesterday.