Transport strike hits life in east

Itahari, August 11:

Transport services in four zones of the eastern region have been disrupted since four days due to a strike called by transport workers and transporters.

Vehicular movement in Koshi, Mechi, Sagarmatha and Janakpur zones was disrupted due to the indefinite transport strike called by the transporters and workers demanding security for them.

Transporters and workers called the indefinite transport strike after bus driver Krishna Khawas was gunned down by a group of armed persons in Sarlahi district on August 7.

Thousands of pilgrims returning from Bolbam were stranded in Itahari today because of the strike. The transporters have also taken 50 pilgrims’ vehicles under control on the charge of defying the strike.

The agitators also vandalised 14 vehicles — three in Dharan, nine in Itahari and two in Inrauwa — that were plying despite the strike. They also vandalised an ambulance in Itahari and stopped a dairy firm’s tanker at Sidhuwa of Dhankuta district. The tanker was heading to Chitre of Terathum district to collect milk for Biratnagar. Since the tanker couldn’t reach Chitre, milk worth hundreds of thousands of rupees was wasted in Sidhuwa, Parewadin and Chitre.The agitators also vandalised three jeeps and a van in Hilebazaar today.

The transport strike brought vehicular movement to a halt in Ilam, Morang and Jhapa as well.

Meanwhile, Koshi Zonal Committee secretary of Nepal Transport Free Worker’s Organisation Bhim Rai said a 10-member panel was formed today to intensify their agitation.